ExWeb’s Adventure Links of the Week

When we’re not outdoors, we get our adventure fix by exploring social media and the web. To nourish your adventure fix, here are some of the best adventure links we’ve discovered this week.

Historical Badass, Mark Foo: Surfer Mark Foo once said that “to get the ultimate thrill, you have to be willing to pay the ultimate price,” and ultimately he did.

Best Beginner Scrambles: Live in the UK and want to progress from hiking to climbing? Scrambling is the perfect middle ground. The Great Outdoors Magazine list their top seven beginner scrambling routes.

When Free Solo Goes Wrong: A podcast explores bad alpine memories: “What happened to Derek Cheng on one July day in the Sierras might be part of who he is, but when it comes to remembering, he had no choice but to forget.”

A man stands on stage in front of a crowd at the Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc finish line.

First held in 2003, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc takes in 170km around Mont Blanc. Photo: Wikipedia


The World-Series of Ultra-Running: A 170km single-stage ultramarathon, the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc is extreme. It draws the best ultra-runners in the world. Like the Tour de France, rabid spectators line the route.

From the Big Apple to the North Sea

Home at Last: A New York Times writer swaps life in the city for the isolation of Denmark’s North Sea coast.

Photographing the Himalaya: Ashok Dilwali has traveled to the Himalaya over 300 times, documenting the peaks and the people. He sits down with Outdoor Journal to discuss trekking with an expiry date, getting started as a photographer, and his inspirations.

A man steers a boat through ocean spray.

Wet and windy on the Mustang Survival racing boat. Photo: Mustang Survival/Explore Magazine


Stormy Sailing: A first-hand account of sailing through a vicious storm in the North Pacific Ocean aboard a carbon-fiber racing boat.

Patagonia Under New Leadership: We covered the news story of Yvon Chouinard’s donation of his billion-dollar Patagonia to environmental causes. This follow-up story in Surfer Today provides an excellent overview.

Alligator Attack: You think you’re having a bad day? Meet the man who lost an arm to an alligator and then spent days lost in a swamp.

Martin Walsh

Martin Walsh is a writer and editor for ExplorersWeb.

Martin has been writing about adventure travel and exploration for over five years.

Martin spent most of the last 15 years backpacking the world on a shoestring budget. Whether it was hitchhiking through Syria, getting strangled in Kyrgyzstan, touring Cambodia’s medical facilities with an exceedingly painful giant venomous centipede bite, chewing khat in Ethiopia, or narrowly avoiding various toilet-related accidents in rural China, so far, Martin has just about survived his decision making.

Based in Da Lat, Vietnam, Martin can be found out in the jungle trying to avoid leeches while chasing monkeys.