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.

iPhone’s SOS Satellite Feature Saves Life of Stranded Snowmobiler: The newest iPhone boasts a hefty price tag, but it may be worth it if you get stranded without service. The new SOS feature allows you to send an emergency help signal even when you don’t have cell service. Recently, it saved the life of a stranded snowmobiler in the Alaskan wilderness.

The Dangers of Mountaineering: Leslie Stephen eloquently addresses the dangers around mountaineering and whether they hold weight. Is mountaineering inherently more dangerous than other forms of adventure? Are practiced and prepared practitioners somewhat responsible for the mistakes of ill-prepared hobbyists who were inspired by their influence?

A family tradition

Hot air balloon travel

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Bertrand Piccard’s Laps Around the World: Bertrand Piccard’s grandfather traveled higher than anyone in the world. His father took a submarine deeper than anyone in the world. It was only right that Bertrand carried on the family tradition. In 1999, he set out on what would be the first air balloon circumnavigation of the world.

Interview with Jayne Pierce, curator of the South Georgia Museum: An Antarctic whaling station from 1904 now hosts the southernmost museum in the world. Meet the curator and learn about the museum, her motivations, and what life is like on the Antarctic coast.

Ice Climbing Legend Guy Lacelle’s Top 135 Ice Climbs: Honor the memory of one of the greatest ice climbers of all time. Guy Lacelle took on challenges both recreationally and competitively with grace and determination. He is remembered as much for the quality of his character as the impressive nature of his ascents.

Cycling across the Alaskan wilderness

Cycling in Alaska

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More than a century of cycling tales from Alaska: From seeking gold to seeking adventure, there comes a new compilation of Alaskan cycling stories. Combining tales from the turn of the 20th century with stories from the 1980s, 1990s, and today creates a diverse picture of Alaskan cycling culture throughout the seasons.

10 Interesting Ways to (Almost) Die in the Wilderness: From crocodiles and cliffs to sloth bears and sticks, there is no shortage of ways to almost die in the wilderness. This list compiles some of the more interesting real-life accounts of near-death experiences in the backcountry.

BASE Jumper Nearly Dies When His Chute Catches on a Rock Wall in Mid-Jump: A nightmare came to life for a BASE jumper when he made a 180-degree turn as his chute deployed. Despite holes in his chute and an impact with the cliff, he miraculously emerged uninjured.

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.