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.

Nicole McLaughlin’s Designs Are No Joke: Nicole McLaughlin, a conceptual artist focused on sustainability, loves coming up with names for her creations. Her tongue-in-cheek approach to sustainable fashion includes re-purposing old outdoor gear. She sends a serious message: The only way to combat over-consumption is to produce less and repurpose more.

Opinion: The Free Solo Documentary Addressed Some Uncomfortable Truths, But Ignored Others: Climbing writer Kevin Corrigan argues (perhaps against the grain) that while “his free solos are amazing feats, approaching the limits of human potential… he’s recklessly risking his own life.”

How Mountaineers Used Early GPS on Canada’s Tallest Peak: In June 1992, a team of mountaineers used early GPS technology to measure the elevation of Canada’s highest peak. At the time, there was uncertainty over the true height of Mount Logan.

Aaron Teasdale’s van has become his only access to the outdoors after long COVID. Photo: Rob Chaney

From 6000m peaks to struggling up the driveway

Well-Known Adventure Writer Struck Down by Long Covid: Aaron Teasdale used to climb 6,000m peaks. Long COVID has made getting out of bed feel harder. Since the poorly understood second act of COVID-19 struck him last February, the Missoula-based adventurer writer’s outdoor forays rarely get farther than a trailhead. Here, he parks his van and sits with the view. Many days, he doesn’t have the stamina or concentration to make the drive.

Ozette: The U.S.’s lost 2,000-year-old Village: In 1970, a violent storm uncovered a Makah village that was buried by a mudslide more than 300 years earlier. A newly re-opened museum tells the fascinating story of the ancient site. The indigenous Makah thrived in the Pacific Northwest near Washington State for centuries.

Great climb, great book

Boardman’s account of his and Joe Tasker’s visionary climb is one of the best in the genre.

 

Mountain Literature Classics — The Shining Mountain: Forty years ago this month, Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker died on Everest. Written by Boardman, with additions from Tasker, this gripping account of the pair’s celebrated first ascent of Changabang’s fearsome West Wall captures the utter commitment of cutting-edge 1970s Himalayan climbing. After many failed attempts, their route was only repeated in May 2022.

Ash Routen is a Writer for ExplorersWeb. He has been writing about Arctic travel, Mountaineering, Science, Camping, Hiking, Outdoor Gear for 5 years. As well as ExplorersWeb, he has written for Red Bull, Outside, The Guardian and many other outlets. Based in Leicester, UK, Routen is an avid hiker, camper, and arctic traveller who writes about the outdoors around a full time job as an academic.

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