ExWeb’s Links of The Week

Adventure Travel
The Embrace, this years winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award. Photo: Sergey Gorshkov.

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…

Bear Witness: A celebration of the springtime emergence of polar bear cubs from their dens in Manitoba’s Wapusk National Park, near Churchill.

The Diamond: Chris Weidner and Bruce Miller worked for four years on a new free climb up the Diamond, the northeast face of Longs Peak in Colorado. In this podcast, Weidner talks about the process and partnership that led to success on Colorado’s most famous alpine wall.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: This year’s winner captured a Siberian tiger hugging an ancient Manchurian fir tree, rubbing her cheek against the bark. The photographer set up a series of motion-sensor cameras and waited more than 11 months to capture the intimate shot.

Finding Equilibrium: Tension, struggle and balance in the Alburni Mountains: Two slackliners go in search of long and high slacklining this past summer in Italy.

Cougar Guy: Kyle Burgess was on a trail run when he came upon a protective female mountain lion. Using his phone, he filmed her as she escorted him away from her cubs for six minutes. He had no idea that he’d just shot internet gold.

Sixty-Metre Fall: In September, climber Annie Weinmann took a 60m fall while soloing an easy chimney on Longs Peak. Here, she details the accident and dissects the decisions and events that led up to it.

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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