ExWeb’s Links of The Week

Adventure Travel
A grizzly bear shortly after its release back into the wild. Photo: Aaron Teasdale

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…

Grizzly Bears Are Making a Comeback: A brilliant piece from Aaron Teasdale (he of Colin O’Brady evisceration fame) on how in the northern Rockies, biologists are working hard to reduce conflicts between humans and the region’s growing bear population.

Water Is Life: Climber Len Necefer journeys to sacred peaks to find new ways to meld his ancestral cultural ceremonies with the mountain sports he loves, while the world around him grapples with climate change.

Broken Neck Nick: When a mountaineer dropped into a 12-metre crevasse in British Columbia, the lights went out. When they came back on, it hurt.

Shutdown: Last week saw the legendary Bike, Powder, Snowboarder and Surfer magazines close down. Former editor of Powder, Steve Casimiro, provides the lowdown on the closure and what these outlets meant to their readers.

Everest Legend: A short video tribute to Everest pioneer Tom Hornbein, and his 1963 ascent with Willi Unsoeld of the West Ridge of Everest, which has been described as one of the most extraordinary accomplishments in the history of mountaineering.

Softening Up: Expedition kayaker Scott Lindgren knocked off first descents of the most remote and dangerous rivers on earth. He paddled with attitude and saw weakness as an unforgivable trait in himself and others. But when a brain tumor threatened his life, everything changed.

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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