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.

How 1,600 People Went Missing on U.S. Public Lands Without a Trace: When 18-year-old Joe Keller vanished from a ranch in Colorado’s Rio Grande National Forest, he joined the ranks of those missing on public land. No official tally exists, but their numbers are growing. And when an initial search turns up nothing, who’ll keep looking?

What Killed the Bear Lady? For 28 years, Kay Grayson lived side-by-side with wild black bears in North Carolina’s swampy coastal forests, hand-feeding them, defending them against poachers, and letting them in her home. When she went missing last year, the only thing the investigators could find was her clean-picked bones. And that’s just the start of the mystery.

Bering Sea, Alaska. Photo: Shutterstock


An unlikely rescue

The Longest Night: One Easter Sunday, the Alaska Ranger — a fishing boat out of Dutch Harbor — went down in the Bering Sea, 1.8km deep and 0˚C cold. Forty-seven people were on board. Nearly half of them would spend hours floating alone in the darkness, in water so frigid that it can kill in minutes. Forty-two of them would be rescued. Here’s how.

The Strange and Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit: For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret. He crept into homes in the dead of night and survived on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend — or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest.

The Ghosts of Everest

Looking up to Everest. Photo: Jon Griffith


The Tragic Tale of Mt Everest’s Most Famous Dead Body: Mount Everest is home to more than 200 bodies. Rachel Nuwer investigates the sad and little-known story behind its most prominent resident, ‘Green Boots’. And she discovers the disturbing effects that this deadly mountain can wreak on the mind and body.

The Craggy Coast With a Dark Past: A short section of Oregon’s coast is named in remembrance of an elderly, blind Native American woman who was forced to walk for days over the sharp rocks with bare feet.

The Nile at sunset. Photo: Shutterstock


Life on The Longest River: Sailing 225km along the Nile: To see Egypt from the Nile is an iconic journey. The banks of the world’s longest waterway are home to much of the country’s population. Ancient tombs are still being discovered, and day-to-day life depends on its ebb and flow.

Walking Off Heartbreak on America’s New Sacred Trail: Sacred paths the world over help hikers discover deeper truths about the world and themselves. But what truly makes a path transformative? Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan treks a 270km loop in Montana on a personal pilgrimage.