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.

“Worst Day of Our Lives”: An Epic Descent from the North Ridge of Nuptse: Climber Brian Hall describes a terrifying nine hours spent with Doug Scott, Georges Bettembourg, and Al Rouse following the first ascent of the North Ridge of Nuptse in 1979. Descending, the four reached the notorious Khumbu Icefall just as it shifted.

‘The Deepest Silences’: What Lies Behind the Arctic’s Indigenous Suicide Crisis: For years, Hugh Brody lived with the Inuit community in Canada’s far north. But it was only later, when the suicides began, that he learned of the epidemic of abuse that had unfolded during that time.

Grizzly Fatally Mauled Woman In Rare Predatory Attack: A California woman who was fatally attacked by a grizzly bear in Ovando, Montana, last July was a rare victim of a predatory, food-conditioned bear. This, according this month’s incident report by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee.

Benefits of the backcountry

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The Science of Solo Time in the Wilderness: Researchers know that time in nature — whether in a group or alone — has measurable benefits. It reduces stress and improves cognition, and puts people in a better mood overall. But what, precisely, is it about solitude in the wilderness that makes us feel good?

Is This the Nuttiest FKT… Ever? A 53-year-old Colorado man recently became the fastest person to push a peanut up a 4,300m mountain with his nose. Yes, you read that right. Bob Salem made history by being the first person in the 21st century to push a peanut up Pikes Peak with a contraption taped to his nose. This ambitious goal was reached after just under seven days of determination.

Catching poachers

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Secret Agent Man: Inside the High-Stakes World of Undercover Wildlife Agents: Animals can’t talk. But Ed Newcomer can. As an elite U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service detective, he goes undercover to protect threatened raptors, bears, even butterflies — and bring poachers and smugglers to court. Inside the agency’s latest covert operation.

The Moment That Made Neil Armstrong’s Heart Rate Spike: We all know the story of how Neil Armstrong was such a cool cat as he put the lunar module down with only moments of fuel left. But real-time data from the Apollo 11 astronauts, carefully monitored by Mission Control, provides a different perspective, as it captures the frenzied maneuvers that first put men on the moon.

Cattle-Tank Paddling: The Raucous Nebraska River Race Where Everybody Wins: In the heart of corn farming country in America, they know how to make their own fun. Native Carson Vaughan drafted four friends, loaded up on beer, and did what may be the strangest float trip in the world.

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.