ExWeb’s Adventure Links of The Week

Lucy Walker (left), the first woman to climb the Matterhorn.

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.

Death on a Medium-High Mountain: The case of 24-year-old Daniel Granberg, who died of high-altitude pulmonary edema earlier this month. His demise highlights the danger of altitudes well below the Himalayan “Death Zone”.

Over a Century Ago, This Arctic Expedition Ended in Disaster: National Geographic shows footage from a disastrous attempt to reach the North Pole in the early 1900s.

I Was Sliding Toward The Drop and Couldn’t Stop – The Writer Who Fell From a Mountain: It is every hiker and climber’s worst nightmare. In this excerpt from his new book, Simon Ingram recalls the day the wild peaks of Skye almost took his life.

Lucy Walker – The First Woman on the Matterhorn: In 1871, Liverpudlian Lucy Walker became the first woman to climb the Matterhorn. She managed the climb in cumbersome skirts and hobnail boots. More significantly, she also overcame a deeply embedded gender bias and inspired countless future female alpinists.

Tracking the masters of disguise

A Mongolian snow leopard. Photo: Yomex Owo

Patience Makes Perfect: How (and where) to Track a Snow Leopard: With one of the world’s densest populations of snow leopards, Mongolia is among the best places to see one in the wild. That is, if you can find them, writes Mark Daffey.

Mountain Guides Just Had Their Worst Season Ever in the Cascades: A series of extreme weather events stripped these glaciated mountains in the Lower 48 of their snowpack, leaving guides in the lurch.

World’s Largest Tree Wrapped in Fire-resistant Blanket as California Blaze Creeps Closer: Efforts are underway to protect General Sherman and other giant trees from wildfires threatening Sequoia National Park.

Hiking Through Minefields and a Pandemic in Uncharted Lands: A seemingly straightforward trek along the Via Adriatica during a sleepy Croatian summer became full of unforeseen events.

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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 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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