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.

Explorers find WWII wreck in South China Sea: Last week, explorers saw their first glimpse of the World War II Japanese transport ship, the SS Montevideo Maru. Its location has been a mystery since it was torpedoed in 1942 and the 850 soldiers and 1,060 prisoners on board lost their lives. The ship was found four kilometers below the surface of the South China Sea, northwest of Lyon, the main island in the Philippines.

Camel lady

In the company of camels: Sophie Matterson always wanted a life of adventure. After learning to work with camels, she set herself a challenge — to walk the 4,800km across Australia with five feral camels. She spent months training them. They would be her lifeline for the walk and allow her to be self-sufficient.

Sophie Matterson and her camels. Photo: Sophie Matterson/Sidetrackerd


Adrift in the Pacific: In 2021, James Frederick set off from Los Angeles to sail across the Pacific to Hawaii. His first attempt ended after a few days, but after a few adjustments, he was back on the water. Then after two weeks at sea, disaster struck. His rudder broke, and he was still 1,600km from Hawaii. Frederick describes the weeks that followed.

James Frederick sails from California to Hawaii. Photo: James Frederick/svtriteia.com


High-altitude paragliders

Flying between giants: Paragliders Tom de Dorlodot and Horacio Llorens experience K2, Broad Peak, and other massive mountains from a unique viewpoint, filming as they went.

Gašper Pintar climbs Triglav Čop Pillar: On March 28 and 29, Gasper Pintar completed the first solo climb of Čop Pillar on the north face of Triglav in Slovenia. The wall is on the highest mountain in the country and is incredibly difficult even in mid-summer. Pintar climbed when the conditions were similar to those usually found in winter. Despite the skill required, Pintar is incredibly modest. If not for two other climbers commenting on his achievement, the world probably would never have heard about it.

Gašper Pintav at the summit. Photo: Gasper Pintav


Only the Deer Were Watching: Kellan MacInnes shares an extract from his new book, The Wild Swimmer of Kintall. He decides to go skinny dipping near the summit of 770m Sugar nan Ceathreamhnan in Scotland. Before he can reach the water, he has to walk to Coire Lochan. In his head, it was just a walk to a loch. But no one really goes there, and even fewer on foot.

Best cycling routes in Europe: All 44 countries in Europe have many beautiful cycling routes. The Brussels Times put together a list of their nine most scenic choices from across the continent. From the North Sea Cycle Route, the longest in the world and which wends through eight countries, to the 125km Parenana from Croatia to Slovenia, there is something for everyone.

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.