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.

Canoeists Retrace Ancient Routes to Hudson Bay: David Jackson tells of the 1,200km journey he took with his wife along old, half-vanished trails to Hudson Bay.

Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder: A British warship went down off the coast of Patagonia in 1741. The crew was trapped on a nearby island for years. They descended into chaos, cannibalism, and mutiny. Eventually, some made it back to England and tried to hide the truth of what happened.

In 2016, New Yorker writer David Grann stumbled came upon an eyewitness account from a midshipman and turned it into a book. Here is an excerpt.

Women come together in Glen Coe: Women from under-represented groups came together for a weekend in Glen Coe to share their outdoor experiences or lack thereof. One participant commented, “I had assumptions [about] my physical capabilities and how limited I thought they were. I loved that this weekend proved me wrong.”

Mountain Guide Helps Define Risk: Just over 20 years ago, a massive avalanche killed seven people on the Durand Glacier in British Columbia. Ken Wylie, an assistant guide, was buried for almost an hour but emerged as the only survivor.

Just weeks later, he was a first responder when seven more people died in an avalanche. Now he is trying to use his experiences to teach others how to manage risk.


Triumphant return to Sri Lanka

22-Day Pekoe Trail in 58 Hours: Hyun Chang Chung of Hong Kong has completed the 300km Pekoe Trail in Sri Lanka in just 58 hours. It normally takes 22 days. 

The last time Chung was in Sri Lanka, he survived the 2004 tsunami. From a bungalow on shore, he and his family climbed onto the roof of another building as the waters engulfed the coastline. The person he was visiting at the time went on to create the Pekoe Trail.

Greenland’s Natural ‘Medicine for the Soul’: Greenland is not usually considered an easy place to live. But people there say they are happy because of the beauty around them. The natural world is central to their quality of life. Now there are a number of camps that dispense time in Greenland as “medicine for the soul.”

In Conversation with Ines Papert: Ice climber Ines Papert fell in love with the mountains when she was 19. Later, she won the Ice Climbing World Cup and went on to tackle some of the world’s most challenging routes. This interview explores her experiences and impact on women’s climbing.

Sasha DiGiulian, Matilda Soderlund, and Brette Harrington. Photo: Jan Novak/Red Bull Content Pool


A climber’s comeback

How Three Women Set a Big-Wall Climbing Record:  The last few years have not been easy for climber Sasha DiGiulian. One of her teammates died on an expedition in Mexico and she had to undergo five operations to manage chronic hip pain.

Fast forward nine months, it’s the middle of the night, and she is on the bathroom floor in a hostel, having a panic attack. She had put together an all-female team to climb Rayu, a 16-pitch line up a limestone wall in Spain, and she was doubting herself. This is the story of that exceptional climb and her return to the top of the sport.

Rebecca McPhee

Rebecca McPhee is a freelance writer for ExplorersWeb.

Rebecca has been writing about open water sports, adventure travel, and marine science for three years. Prior to that, Rebecca worked as an Editorial Assistant at Taylor and Francis, and a Wildlife Officer for ORCA.

Based in the UK Rebecca is a science teacher and volunteers for a number of marine charities. She enjoys open water swimming, hiking, diving, and traveling.