ExWeb’s Links of The Week

Adventure Travel
A rescue helicopter over Camp 1, Everest. Photo: Dave Hahn

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…

Shook: When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and its resulting avalanche swept away much of Everest Base Camp in 2015, guide Dave Hahn and seven others found themselves stranded at Camp 1.

Descent From The Roof of The World: Dangerous rapids, hostile Maoist rebels, and living without fear. The story of a British paddler on an expedition down Nepal’s feisty Arun River.

Road Life: A few years ago, adventure writer Aaron Gulley and his wife traveled to Siberia’s Yamal Peninsula, north of the Arctic Circle, and gained some road wisdom from locals still living a nomadic life.

Experience: Andrzej Bargiel talks to The Guardian about his path to K2 and the challenges of hurtling down the Savage Mountain on a pair of planks.

Svalbar: Ever fancied living and working in the Arctic full time? Here’s your chance. One of the most popular bars in Svalbard is now up for sale for a cool $1 million.

Where Not To Travel: When adventurers crave “untouched” places and “authentic” peoples, it’s the locals who ultimately pay, argues Canadian author Kate Harris.

In Vogue: Polar explorer Erling Kaage has made the cover of Italian Vogue. Every explorer wishes they could look this rugged. Several paragraphs of the feature on Kagge are online here, but you need to buy the print magazine (remember them?) to read the whole thing.

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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