Adventure Links of the Week

When we’re not outdoors, we get our adventure fix by exploring social media and the web. Here are some of the best adventure links we’ve discovered this week.

Tea, Tuk-Tuks, and Homestays: The Pekoe Trail is a 300km route through Sri Lanka suitable either for day hikes or long backpacking trips. Starting in Kandy, the 22-section trail ends in Newark Eliya.

It is bringing tourists to the area and indirectly improving the lives of local women. After seeing the hard work done by the tea pickers, hikers have pressured estate owners to create better working conditions.

The Wild World of Extreme Tourism for Billionaires: A trip on the doomed Titan submersible cost $250,000 per person. Despite such disasters, the super-rich are booking such trips like never before.

“It’s the latest trend: billionaires wanting their own private adventure with friends,” said adventure outfitter Garret Madison. “They fly to Antarctica in a private jet. It’s next-level.”

British Hiker Found Dead in Switzerland: Police in Switzerland have found the body of Aiden Roche. The 29-year-old was hiking in the Swiss Alps when he disappeared on June 22. His body turned up near the Eiger trail.

In the months he has been missing, his family has raised significant sums to pay for search helicopters and to keep looking, against all odds. “The news has hit us all hard, even with this outcome on our minds over the last few months,” his brother said.

TWAC pair Mr & Mrseas come over the top of a wave in the 2022 race.

2022 TWAC Team Mr & Mrseas crossed the finish line in a time of 66 days, 6 hours, and 6 minutes. Photo: Atlantic Challenge


Ocean rower’s stress levels studied

A rower’s mental and physical state while crossing the North Atlantic: A new study of a single female ocean rower looks into the effects rowing the Atlantic has on mind and body. The rower’s well-being and sleep quality dropped after just two to three days. During the last five to six days of the journey, the woman experienced total exhaustion. Insights from the study could help those preparing to take on the Atlantic.

Why Surfing With Women Makes Me a Better Surfer: For women, surfing can hold the same dynamics regularly seen between men and women on dry land. Surfing in female groups has a different effect. They are encouraging and filled with positivity. In a world often dominated by men, women surfers are carving out a friendlier, more supportive place for themselves.

Speed Solo on Grand Capucin: On September 23, Filip Babicz climbed Grand Capucin on Mont Blanc in just 49 minutes, alone. He took the Swiss route, starting on the glacier and taking the O Sole Mio exit. For months, he has been trying for a speed record. Since May, he has climbed the route six times, including three solos. Now he has released footage of the incredible feat.


Why on earth…?

Another Person Fell into a Trailhead Toilet: A woman was at the bottom of an outhouse toilet for 30 minutes before people heard her screaming for help. She was trying to retrieve her Apple watch and fell into the pile of excrement and urine.

This is not the first time this has happened. In April 2022, a woman also fell into a pit latrine trying to get her phone back. First responders were baffled as to what could be important enough for a person to risk falling into an outhouse toilet.

“The only thing worth saving from there is your child. Anything else is a ‘no’,” said Lieutenant Carroll, who attended the scene.

New Insights Into An Old Shipwreck: The Batavia hit the reefs off Western Australia in 1629. As the captain took a small boat to find help, some of the crew mutinied, took control of the island, and slaughtered 125 of their shipmates. Only 122 of the 341 individuals survived. Now a researcher has found a new skeleton on the island that could offer insight into the gruesome story.

Rebecca McPhee

Rebecca McPhee is a freelance writer for ExplorersWeb.

Rebecca has been writing about open water sports, adventure travel, and marine science for three years. Prior to that, Rebecca worked as an Editorial Assistant at Taylor and Francis, and a Wildlife Officer for ORCA.

Based in the UK Rebecca is a science teacher and volunteers for a number of marine charities. She enjoys open water swimming, hiking, diving, and traveling.