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.

The Woman Who Walked Around The World: Seeking a deeper connection to the world, Angela Maxwell set off to walk it alone. Six years and 32,000km later, she brought that connection home.

The Time I Crossed Paths with a Modern Day Huck Finn: In an excerpt from his new book, Riverman, writer Ben McGrath recounts how he met an itinerant canoeist named Dick Conant, a fascinating character who mysteriously disappeared shortly thereafter.

No Time To Sit Still and Stare?

Robert Silk soaking it all in on Antarctica’s Cuverville Island. Photo: Laura Kiniry

 

He’s the Number One Competitive Wilderness Sitter in the World: My social media feed is full of people haring around mountains and wilderness areas to pack in as much as possible. But doesn’t this seem to defeat the purpose of visiting the world’s quiet and beautiful corners? I’m with Robert Silk, a sitting enthusiast. Just sit. Observe. Watch the clouds move through the sky, the light deepen in tones across the face of mountains.

100 Years of Everest Gear: Mick Conefrey, author of Everest 1922, compares the equipment used today on Everest with the heavy and primitive kit used in the expeditions throughout history.

Mindboggling Snow

Mindboggling Snow Depth of 72 Feet at Japan Ski Hill: An astonishing bounty of snow has accumulated at a ski resort in Japan. The Lotte Arai skill hill has had at least 22 metres pile up over the past few months.

Bronwyn Hodgins is in Pursuit of Difficult Big Walls: “I found out that exposure doesn’t really affect me that much and that all my experience camping and tripping came in useful for planning,” says the Canadian climber. She admits that she “loved big walls right away.”

Climber Lily Bristow Risked Scandal to Pioneer New Ground: Women climbers were usually met with antagonism in the late 1800s and often even were left off the records by climbing parties or recorded only by initials as side notes. A woman wearing pants? Unthinkable. A woman spending the night high on a mountainside with men other than her husband? Scandalous. But Lily Bristow didn’t wait around for things to change.

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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