ExWeb’s Adventure Links of the Week

When we’re not outdoors, we get our adventure fix by exploring social media and the web. Sometimes we’re a little too plugged in and browsing adventure reads can turn from minutes to hours. To nourish your adventure fix, here are some of the best adventure links we’ve discovered this week.

Long Live Hard Trails: Over the years, trails have become easier and easier, but on one, someone tore out a ramp in protest. Mike Curiak has a chance to push himself out of the comfort of a manicured highway, accept failure, or maybe feel the joy of conquering something difficult.

When Life Gives You Wildfires, Go Looking for Morels: Wildfires have ravaged through sections of California. Thea Chesney has spent years studying mushrooms in the woods of the Sierra Nevada. One exquisite little species, morels, can survive the flames and grow successfully the next spring. But experts worry that the intensity of the fires is too much even for these hardy survivors. Chesney explores the forests to find out.

A Circus at Sea. Photo: New York Times/Nicola Zolin


A marine-based circus

Circus Life At Sea: The Sea Clown Sailing Circus was created by three circus performers, one from Italy, one from America, and a third from Greece. These non-sailors concocted the idea of a seaborne circus. Twenty years later, performers from around the world join the crew for onboard shows between the Greek Islands.

The First Inuit in Scotland: John Sakeouse was an Inuk from West Greenland. In 1816, he became the first of his people to visit Scotland. Curious about the world, he paddled to a whaling ship and convinced the crew to let him aboard. The master of the ship took him to his home in Scotland. Sakeouse quickly became the talk of the town.

Andy Berry breaks the Lake District record. Photo: UK Climbing


Andy Berry Breaks Lake District 24-hour Record: Andy Berry talks about his recent speed record on the Lake District 24-hour Fell Challenge. He climbed 78 fells in a time of 23 hours and 23 minutes, beating the previous record by over 20 minutes.

Starship’s Crash Was Still A Win: On April 20, NASA did the first test launch of the SpaceX Starship. To many, it seemed like a colossal failure. The spacecraft and booster did not separate, then the entire thing broke apart in the sky. But instead of seeing it as a failure, those involved cheered this first step in a long journey.

The Starship bursts into flames and plummets to the sea. Photo: Eric Gay/National Geographic


A hundred climbs in a day

100 Fontainebleau 7A’s in a Single Day: On May 14, Sebastian Berthe and Hugo Parmentier climbed 100 different 7A boulder problems in one day. They linked them all by cycling or running.

Karakoram bike challenge:  After two years of planning, Gerhard Czerner, Martin Bessig, and Jakob Breitwieser went to the Karakoram. Their aim was to visit Concordia, the confluence of two huge glaciers, by bike. Eventually, parts of the route were impossible to cycle, so the trio strapped their bikes to their backs and continued upward.

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.