ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Here at ExWeb, when we’re not outdoors, we get our adventure fix by exploring social media and the wider interweb. Sometimes we’re a little too plugged in, and browsing interesting stories turns from minutes into hours. To nourish your own adventure fix, here are some of the best links we’ve discovered this week…

Starlight and Storm: It’s just over a year since the talented Tom Ballard met his fate on Nanga Parbat. This excellent digital feature covers the life and death of his mother, Alison Hargreaves, and his own quest to solo climb the six north faces of the Alps.

Lurking Beneath: Although an open secret in the polar world, it’s not widely known that the Barneo ice camp dumps fuel bottles and bulldozers in the Arctic Ocean every year.

Perfect Partners:  Primarily known for his big-wall prowess, Alex Honnold has also undertaken some impressive alpine climbs with the indomitable Patagonian master Colin Haley.

Between Snow and Stars: If you’re looking for a break from Covid news, this intense film on the lives of arctic mushers and Everest hopefuls will occupy you for at least an hour.

Rude Awakening: A humorous short interview with Borge Ousland — as he had to be prodded to wake up — at the end of his and Mike Horn’s 2006 winter North Pole trip.

Lost in the Woods: In 1939, while hiking the end section of the newly opened Appalachian Trail, 12-year-old Donn Fendler became lost in the Maine woods for nearly two weeks.

Ash is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK. His words have featured in global outlets such as The Guardian, Outside Magazine and Red Bull. He works as a public health scientist by day and writes about the outdoors in his spare time. Ash's areas of expertise are polar expeditions, mountaineering, and adventure travel. For vacation Ash enjoys going on independent Arctic sledding expeditions. Read more at www.ashrouten.com


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