ExWeb’s Links of The Week

Adventure Travel
Abandoned buildings on the empty streets of Dikson, in the Russian High Arctic. Photo: Evgenia Arbugaeva.

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…

Frozen in Time: A truly haunting and evocative photo essay on the landscape and lives of the people left behind in the dilapidated and desolate post-Soviet Arctic.

Our Loss: On a 1969 trip in Alaska, adventure writer David Roberts discovered a climber’s paradise. Half a century later, he ponders how much more the pioneers who came before him discovered and what has been forgotten.

The Nameless Hiker: The man on the trail went by “Mostly Harmless.” He was friendly and said he worked in tech. After he died in his tent, no one could figure out who he was.

The Kindness of Strangers: Have you ever been helped by someone you’ve never met? Leon McCarron recalls the kind acts he’s encountered on the road, ones that remind him—and all of us—that the world isn’t as hostile as we may think.

Psychology of Survival: Australian psychologist and mountaineer Kate Baecher created a training program to equip guides and athletes with a tool kit to handle the worst mental distress we encounter when we’re far from help.

Easier Everest? As the world warms, the amount of oxygen at the top of earth’s highest peak is increasing. That could make it easier to summit without using supplemental oxygen.

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 various websites. Bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

Read more at www.ashrouten.com

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