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.

Show and Don’t Tell: Why Surfers Can’t Resist Showing Off New Waves; Just Don’t Ask ‘Where?: A couple of weeks ago, images of an epic day of surf on the Great Lakes hit the webosphere. Online audiences gawped at the best waves ever photographed on North America’s “Fourth Coast”. Overhead, barreling lefts, groomed into silver cylinders by frosty offshore winds, looked for all the world like…somewhere else in the world.

The Changing World of Climbing News: Alan Arnette’s recent post highlights a declining interest in today’s commercial 8,000m climbing and the highest level of disdain he’s seen in covering the climbing world since 1999. Are vanity and self-promotion to blame?

Finding perspective in sandy places

Photo: Asifgraphy/Shutterstock


The Desert Changed My Life. It Can Change Yours, Too.: On a frigid March morning in 2022, Meg Bernhard and a friend were visiting the Mojave National Preserve in California’s San Bernardino County. What started as a day out helping replant Joshua trees became a deeply self-reflective experience on our relationship with nature.

Alex Buisse’s ten best climbs in the Mont Blanc massif: French photographer Alex Buisse introduces his 10 favorite climbs in the Mont Blanc massif.

The 25 Travel Experiences You Must Have: A pair of internationally-minded writers, a chef, an architect, and a landscape photographer made a list of the most extraordinary adventures a person should seek out. An unusually imaginative list, even if some of the choices are tourist destinations.

Mental ups and downs of a trek through the Alps

Photo of Alex Roddie Photography by James Roddie

Photo: Alex Roddie/James Roddie


Attitudes and Altitude: Mountains Of The Mind: It’s day three. Alex Roddie has made it about 90km from the searing heat of Ventimiglia and the dusty hills that climb up from the Mediterranean. Follow his journey as he goes from a lone puddle as his only water source to village bars, as he makes his way through the Alps.

Dope Lake Chapter 1: Misfits (Podcast): In 1976, a plane carrying four million dollars in marijuana crashed into a small alpine lake in Yosemite high country. Broke and living off discarded scraps of tourist meals in the valley below, America’s best climbers smelled opportunity. The events at Dope Lake became one of climbing’s most potent myths and inspired a Hollywood blockbuster. But the real story and the lives it changed is stranger than fiction.

Kite Surfer Almost T-bones Whale: Lasse Walker makes a rather large new acquaintance while kite surfing off the coast of South Africa.

Harley Schafer

Harley Schafer is an affiliate writer at Lola Digital Media. Spending time living in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Germany ignited a passion for travel and exploration that has led to a converted Ford van and the open road becoming home.