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.

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About the Author

Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK. He juggles a day job as a public health scientist with a second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in national newspapers, international magazines, and on various websites. Major bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Porsche, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

He holds two degrees in Exercise and Health Sciences, and a PhD in Public Health.

His areas of expertise are polar expeditions, mountaineering, hiking, and adventure travel. In his spare time Ash enjoys going on small independent sledding expeditions, outdoor photography, and reading adventure literature.

Read more at www.ashrouten.com or follow Ash via @ashrouten on Twitter and Instagram.

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