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…

A Life Well Lived: Stephen Venables remembers legendary mountaineer, author, and Community Action Nepal founder Doug Scott, who passed away this week.

Paw Patrol: Sled dogs have helped hunters cover vast swathes of the Arctic for more than 4,000 years. Yet as sea ice diminishes, these dogs — which often outnumber people in Greenland communities —  could disappear. Arctic photojournalist Ragnar Axelsson pays tribute to these arctic stalwarts.

The climate apocalypse hangs over us—so how should we write about it? A quote commonly attributed to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry goes, “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood … but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” Nature writers should learn.

New Digs: One of Russia’s wealthiest men, Oleg Deripaska, is supporting the construction of a new home for 76-year-old Agafya Lykova, the well-known hermit who lives deep in the mountains of Siberia.

Muchu Chhish: CNN profiles what is arguably world’s highest unclimbed peak (7,453m) and examines recent attempts at a first ascent, including one in 2020.

How eBird Changed Birding Forever: Over the past two decades, eBird has become the go-to online platform for scientists and hobbyists to upload and share bird observations. But it has also transformed the process and etiquette of birding.

Avalanches and Ice Climbers: A literate, thought-provoking article on why climbers, even more than skiers, need better avalanche awareness. Among the piece’s passing gifts: its introduction of the expert halo and Dunning-Kruger effects, psychological dangers which affect a lot of us in the outdoors.