ExWeb’s Links of The Week

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How much do we really know about the impact of altitude on the developing body? Photo: Mingma Sherpa

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 turn from minutes into hours. To nourish your own adventure fix, here are some of the best links we’ve discovered this week…

Too Young For High Altitude? There’s limited research on the risks that kids face in thin air, which means that parents and guides have to make some tough decisions.

Samina Baig to Attempt K2: Samina Baig wants to become the first Pakistani woman to scale K2, later this year.

Unexpected Collaboration: In a move that has surprised some, Gucci and The North Face have joined forces. Sidetracked magazine explores this unique collaboration.

The Subversive Joys of Cold Water Swimming: Britons are skipping the heated pools and rediscovering the pleasures of lakes, rivers, and seas — even in winter.

Can We See Past the Myth of the Himalaya? The history of the high-altitude landscape is more complicated and more turbulent than adventure tales can capture.

Left to Freeze: Amir Mehdi wanted to be the first Pakistani to climb K2. Instead, he was betrayed by his Italian companions, left to spend a night on the ice without shelter, and was lucky to survive.

Missed Opportunity: Mountain lovers in the UK are missing out on one of the finest winters in recent years because of the national lockdown. Conditions in the mountains have rarely looked this good.


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 newspapers, magazines, and on various brand 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 read Ash's bi-monthly newsletter via https://hardtravel.substack.com

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