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 own adventure fix, here are some of the best adventure links we’ve discovered this week.

South Georgia: The Museum at The End of The World Reopens for Business: On the icy southern edge of the Atlantic Ocean, just above the Antarctic Circle, lies a British island, a ghost town, and a museum. The island is a tough place to work. The nearest airport is a four-day boat ride away. Fresh food is rare and the internet is “poor to non-existent”. At times, the wind is strong enough to tip over helicopters.

Maurice Herzog and the First Ascent of Annapurna — A Tarnished Legacy? In light of differing accounts of his accomplishments, career, and what really happened on the first ascent of Annapurna in 1950, there is a fine line between hero and villain when discussing the legacy of one of the most important French alpinists of the 20th century.

Seeking Enlightenment, He Disappeared Into a Hiker’s Bermuda Triangle: In August 2016, an experienced American trekker named Justin Alexander Shetler hiked to a high Himalayan lake in the Parvati Valley of northern India. He was never heard from again. Shetler is the subject of Harley Rustad’s new book, Lost in the Valley of Death.

Rescue heroes of the Alps

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The Rescue Artists of the New Avalanche Age: The world’s most elite helicopter rescue team is more important than ever, as skiers and snowboarders venture further in the backcountry and climate change makes mountains more dangerous.

A Lost World War II Warplane Gives Up Its Secrets: Ten years ago, an amateur historian discovered the wreckage of a WWII warplane lost above the hills of Hong Kong. Recently, a team of archaeologists, engineers, and adventurers went to find out what happened to the missing plane in the final year of the war.

Stunning Footprints Push Back Human Arrival in Americas by Thousands of Years:  Researchers in White Sands National Park uncovered a set of human footprints that date to between 21,000 to 23,000 years ago. This was the period when massive ice sheets supposedly blocked human migration into the Americas.

The gospel according to an ultralighter

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Come, Child: I Shall Teach You the Ways of the Ultralighter: Like a seed pushing through the hard spring soil in search of the sun, so too must you push through adversity to the glorious ultralight of backpacking. Well, so says Adam Roy in Backpacker magazine.

Marriage in The Mountains: I follow ex-soldier turned alpinist and BASE jumper Tim Howell on Instagram. Recently, he’s begun posting photos of himself and a lady friend on various climbs. Turns out that’s his wife, and in this new piece for Sidetracked, Howell reflects on how a mutual pursuit of risk has forged their relationship.

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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