ExWeb’s Adventure Links of The Week

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Afghanistan-Tajikistan border crossing, Wakhan Corridor. Photo: Pe3k/Shutterstock

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.

Can Independent Climbers Coexist With Outfitters on 8,000m Peaks? British mountaineer and Piolet d’Or winner Nick Bullock said no in his comment on our recent article on the matter. Bullock’s essay, called Conquering Capitalism, first appeared in Summit Magazine a decade ago.

Athol Whimp – Take Nothing for Your Journey: Climber Charlie Creese remembers the character that was Athol Whimp, New Zealand’s most accomplished mountaineer. The country’s first recipient of the Piolet d’Or award died in 2012 in an accident in the Darran Mountains.

Celebrating Hike Naked Day

How Eastern California Celebrated Hike Naked Day: Once a year, hikers swarm the trails in their birthday suits to celebrate June 21, Hike Naked Day. Outside sent a photographer to the Pacific Crest Trail in California to document the peculiar holiday.

No One Comes Here Any More: From Bolivia’s Lake Titicaca to wildlife tourism in Nepal, The Guardian examines how the pandemic has affected people in four travel hotspots –- and whether or not they want the tourists to return.

Frozen In Time: Seventeen years ago, Frenchwoman Dominick Arduin drowned at the start of a sledding expedition to the North Pole. People close to her try to keep her memory alive.

Afghanistan suffers once again

Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan. Photo: Shutterstock

These Herders Lived in Peaceful Isolation. Now, War Has Found Them: Accompanied by their livestock, hundreds tried to flee the Wakhan Corridor, a mountainous region of Afghanistan now threatened by the Taliban. But they were turned back by their northern neighbors.

Outdoor Organizations in Afghanistan — How You Can Help: As the crisis in Afghanistan continues and people attempt to flee, charitable groups are working to assist safe passage from the country. With people in hiding, group leaders scramble to guarantee the safety of staff and participants while lobbying for international support.

Operation Afghanistan Rescue: Outside writer Jason Motlagh has been reporting in Afghanistan since 2006. He developed close relationships with Afghan journalists and their families. Now, Motlagh and his media colleagues are currently racing to get more than 100 of them out of the country as the Taliban cracks down.

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Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK. His words have featured in global outlets such as The Guardian, Outside Magazine and Red Bull. He works as a public health scientist by day and writes about the outdoors in his spare time. Ash's areas of expertise are polar expeditions, mountaineering, and adventure travel. For vacation Ash enjoys going on independent sledding expeditions.

Read more at www.ashrouten.com

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