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.

Andrew McAuley Disappears On Sea Kayak Trip: 25 years ago, in January 2007, Andrew McAuley set out on a harrowing adventure that none had yet completed. He attempted to cross from Australia to New Zealand in an ordinary sea kayak. After a month at sea, with his destination visible over the horizon, McAuley disappeared. Revisit the tragic story and the theories of his demise.

Ice Climbing Is Having Its Moment, but How Much Longer Will the Ice Be Around?: Ice climbing is an extreme sport that began when fringe climbers decided to up the challenge of their typical ascent. It is now surging in popularity while, ironically, the world’s ice is deteriorating. Is there a future for this type of adventure or will climate change cut the hype short?

A female diving phenomenon

Ocean Diving

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‘I didn’t even know this was humanly possible’: the woman who can descend into the sea on one breath: Amber Bourke started her journey in the water in high school, as a competitive synchronized swimmer. When free-diving caught her eye, she had no idea just what she was capable of. Now she dives deeper than experts, and she herself, thought possible.

Staying warm: What does an unheated room do to your body?: Any adventurer knows the risks of frostbite and hypothermia in the cold. When James Gallagher was invited to participate in a cold experiment at 10˚C (the average temperature experienced by those unable to afford to heat their house), he thought it would be no problem. He was wrong.

Two Dead From Rockfall in Yosemite National Park: Rockfall is a common occurrence in Yosemite National Park. So when the park service tweeted about a road closure due to a rockfall, nothing seemed amiss. New information confirms two fatalities. Details are still unfolding.

Antarctica through 100 objects


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Telling the story of Antarctica: January 2023 marks the 250th anniversary of the first documented crossing of the Antarctic Circle. A new book uses photos and artifacts to tell the story of the continent through a creative visual lens. See everything from explorers’ gear to natural landscapes.

Chasing winter: Amber Chang began mountaineering in 2016. She vowed on her very first trip up Mt. Adams that she would never climb another mountain unless she could ski back down. She then found TAY, a community of people who are committed to skiing at least once every month. While it isn’t without challenges, Chang has currently skied for 50 consecutive months.

What Does It Take to Become the No. 1 Lumberjack?: His grandfather was an elite lumberjack. His father was known as the king of lumberjacks, but that wasn’t the life that Jason Lentz wanted for himself. After burning out in early adulthood, Lentz found his way back to lumberjacking. Since then, he has become the best around.

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.