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

An Ironic Epic And Daring Rescue: Over 20 years ago, a team of climbers headed up the infamous Lightning Bolt Cracks in the Canyonlands region of Utah. A fast-building storm sent a bolt of lightning that blew a chunk of rock off the tower’s summit. The current traveled down the crack, striking climber Peter Carrick. What followed was a nerve-wracking rescue, an epic retold here by the team.

Why Ski Legend Angel Collinson Gave Up The Mountains and Went to Sea: Last year, legendary skier Angel Collinson turned her back on the mountains. Despite being afraid of water, she jumped in a 40-foot steel monohull boat and sailed clear across the Atlantic. Here’s how she found the courage to leave one world behind to chase a new horizon.

I Reported on Avalanches for 15 Years. Then I Triggered a Huge One: After kicking off an enormous slide on a familiar backcountry run in Colorado, one outdoor writer was forced to reconsider his relationship with skiing.

The boatmasters of Estonia

A maze of waterways wind through trees and green fields in Estonia.

Soomaa national park, Estonia. Photo: Mati Kose


Dugout Canoes in Estonia’s Soomaa National Park: Every year, before spring, Soomaa National Park transforms into a semi-submerged world of drowned meadows and tangled waterways. This is Estonia’s ‘fifth season’, when water from melting snow in the eastern uplands rushes down through the rivers and floods the low-lying forests, wetlands, roads, and yards of the residents who still live here. It’s said that during past floods, the water level rose so high that villagers could paddle a dugout canoe right through their windows and into their living rooms.

On a Divided Mount Everest, Climate Cooperation Is Being Tested: A new landmark greeted mountaineers nearing the summit of Mount Everest this spring: a seven-foot-tall mast of scientific instruments bolted into the coarse shale of an outcropping known as Bishop Rock. It’s only about 130 vertical feet from the 29,032-foot summit. From the mast, one can look down the opposite side of the mountain, into China, and see another weather station about an equal distance from the top.

A backyard treasure

A man in a helmet stands in front of the cave he discovered.

Harry Shick and his backyard cave. Photo: Patrice La Vigne


The Curious Case of Harry Shick’s Backyard Cave: It’s every kid’s dream, to find a secret entrance to a cave in their backyard. In 1995, on Hawaii Island, Harry Shick discovered a hole leading to the world’s longest known continuous lava tube, just a stone’s throw from his home.

Secret Population of Polar Bears Found Living in Seemingly Impossible Habitat: Scientists have discovered a population of polar bears in a seemingly impossible habitat. This Greenland population lack the floating platforms of sea ice that polar bears use to hunt for most of the year. Scientists previously thought the group was part of another nearby population.

Ash Routen

Ash Routen is a writer for ExplorersWeb. He has been writing about Arctic travel, mountaineering, science, camping, hiking, and outdoor gear for 7 years. As well as ExplorersWeb, he has written for Gear JunkieRed Bull, Outside, The Guardian, and many other outlets. Based in Leicester, UK, Routen is an avid backpacker and arctic traveler who writes about the outdoors around a full-time job as an academic.