ExWeb’s Adventure Links of The Week

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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Now Required to Climb Everest: Climbers, trekkers, and tourists must now be vaccinated before entering the Khumbu region. Still, it’s unclear how officials will enforce the rule.

Why Do We Run Away? Maybe the only hope we have to preserve our mountain towns and wild places is to change our belief that their destruction is inevitable. But, as Timothy Tate writes, it’s almost impossible to do.

Sailing the Atlantic or the First Time: The Outdoor Journal tells the story of a couple’s maiden journey across the Atlantic, from Gibraltar to Barbados. Their longest previous voyage was a short nip across the English Channel from France to the UK.

A Review of The Alpinist—What It Means to Live, and Die, in the Mountains: The Alpinist is a bold new film about Marc-André Leclerc, a cutting-edge Canadian climber. Leclerc died in an avalanche in 2018. This film pays homage with depth and complexity.

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Climbing gear musician (Yes, that’s a thing apparently) Caro C. Photo: Caro C


Making Electronic Music with Climbing Gear: The jingle-jangle of gear jostling for position on a harness is a familiar soundtrack to trad climbing — in perfect harmony with the grunting and swearing, of course. Appreciating its sonority and timbre, climber and musician Caro C experimented with creating electronic music tracks using nuts, hexes, cams, and clicking carabiners.

Good Golly Mollie: Why one guidebook publisher rode 1,600km alone around Ireland on a pony. This dream journey proved more challenging and exhilarating than she’d thought possible.

Running Waters: Alpinist editor Katie Ives explores the topographies of inner mountains, those hidden rock walls and snow slopes that penetrate climbers’ dreams. Here, the story of British alpinist T. Graham Brown and the Brenva Face of Mont Blanc.

The Double Life of a California Socialite Who Became an Arctic Explorer: In the early 20th century, Louise Arner Boyd lived as a philanthropist in the United States and as a well-traveled explorer of Greenland and Arctic Canada.