ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Adventure Travel
Former NASA astronaut twins Mark and Scott Kelly. Or was it Scott and Mark? Photo: NBC

Here at ExWeb, when we’re not outdoors, we get our adventure fix by exploring social media and the wider interweb. Sometimes we’re a little too plugged in, and browsing interesting stories turns from minutes into hours. To nourish your own adventure fix, here are some of the best links we’ve discovered this week…

Northern Elements: A short ski film set in the remote Coast Range of British Columbia, with pro shredders Angela Percival, Jill MacDonald, Sylvia Moser and Christina Lusti.

Farthest North: Interview with the author of a new book on Elisha Kent Kane, the first American polar explorer, who in 1854 went looking for missing British captain Sir John Franklin and his crew.

I Came To Kayak: A kayaker discovers the joys of paddling around Pond Inlet, the northernmost village on Baffin Island, in the Canadian Arctic.

Himalayan Legend: With the release of a new biography on Frank Smythe, mountain blogger Mark Horrell pulls out some of the more interesting facts on the British mountaineer, who was one of the first to make a career of climbing, writing and photography.

A Year in Space: NASA astronaut Scott Kelly spent nearly a year on the International Space Station from 2015 to 2016. Here’s what it did to him.

Historical Baddass: Despite being a weekend warrior, Sonia Livanos was an alpine climbing machine in the 1950s and 1960s.

About the Author

Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash Routen is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK specialising in adventurous travel and expeditions, such as mountaineering, polar travel, and ocean crossings. Ash juggles a day job as a public health scientist with this second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in national newspapers, national and international outdoor and adventure magazines, and various websites. Bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

Alongside writing, Ash also spends some time undertaking his own adventures, and completed a 640 km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in 2018. His next arctic journey is a 700 km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in Canada.

Read more at www.ashrouten.com

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