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 own adventure fix, here are some of the best adventure links we’ve discovered this week.

Foula: Just 30 permanent residents live on Foula, which lays claim to being Britain’s most remote inhabited island and operates on a different calendar from the rest of the United Kingdom.

Climbing Above A Sea of Clouds: Outdoor photojournalist Jessie Leong on the Women Rise Up gathering, organized by the Alpine Club to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first female ascent of the Matterhorn by British climber Lucy Walker in 1871.

Urban crack climbers. Photo: Reel Rock / Ray Wood

 

You See the Underside of a Freeway, They See Their Next Crack Climb: Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker completed a 760m roof crack under a freeway in Devon, England. This was their latest in a series of bridge climbs since they started scaling concrete in 2020.

Sleeping Above Crocodiles in the Stilt City of Benin: The stilt city of Ganvie, far from everything in rural Benin, has stood lopsided and humming with human-powered boats for more than half a millennium.

Stilt Houses of Ganvie. Photo: Shutterstock

 

Jimmy Chin Enters Uncharted Territory: Jimmy Chin reached new heights with his film Free Solo. And now he’s panning out to even bigger stories, like The Rescue — his account of 2018’s riveting Thai cave saga. So has all the Oscar success cost Chin his edge? GQ Magazine profiles the explorer-mountaineer-photographer-documentarian.

There’s life in the old dogs yet

 

Travel writer Dervla Murphy has quite the bookshelf. Photo: Denis Scannell

 

Dervla Murphy Interview: “If you’re fearless, you don’t need courage>” Dervla Murphy’s travels have taken her all over the world. As she turns 90, the trailblazer reflects on an extraordinary life of cycle touring and adventure travel writing.

Barry Blanchard, Leading Canadian Alpinist, Is Back to Climbing Following Serious Injury: On August 12, after a life spent climbing in the world’s toughest alpine terrain, Barry Blanchard suffered the most serious accident of his life; when he slipped down a flight of concrete stairs, fractured his skull and incurred multiple brain bleeds. More than three months later, Blanchard is back to climbing and is on the road to recovery.

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 Arctic sledding expeditions. Read more at www.ashrouten.com


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