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.

Dirtbagging Isn’t Dead: The world has changed and so has dirtbagging. Though some luxuries may have crept into vans and pockets, this writer claims that the spirit is intact. “If you have a urine bottle, in my opinion, you’re a dirtbag.”

Slowing Down in Alaska: Alaska doesn’t have to be lung-busting hikes or extreme ski-mountaineering. Some visitors are slowing down and taking in the details.

Alone at the Edge of the World: “Susie Goodall was the youngest of the 18 skippers resurrecting the Golden Globe Race, a so-called ‘voyage for madmen’, and the only woman.” Atavist presents a very long read on Goodall’s solo, nonstop voyage around the world.

Susie Goodall stands on a boat in a bright red jacket.

Susie Goodall. Photo: Sail Universe


Allergic to cold? Yes, it does exist

The Matterhorn’s North Face: Guide Tom Grant’s excellent first-hand account of tackling the mighty North Face of the Matterhorn.

Allergic to the Cold: Suddenly developing an allergy to the cold doesn’t sound very plausible. But the human body is complex, and this writer woke up in her 30s with a severe case of cold urticaria.

Rightful Ownership: Australia hands back some 9,600 square kilometres of land to native Australians.

Rusting boats sit in the desert of Uzbekistan where the Aral Sea once stood.

Rusting boats left to the sand in what was once the Aral Sea. Photo; Shutterstock


Fishing Camels of the Aral Sea: How thick does the ice have to be to take the weight of a camel? It sounds like an outtake from Monty Python’s Holy Grail but it is serious business for some fisherman on the edge of the Aral Sea.

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.