You may or may not be aware of the website Explorers Web. ExWeb for short. Founded in 1999 by ‘self-made’ adventurers Tom and Tina Sjogren, it has a cult following worldwide. Its purpose is to provide updates and editorial on serious adventure and expedition news – Everest, K2, Polar, Ocean, Desert, Jungle etc. When I say cult following, I mean 100,000 page views in a day (of the Everest rubber necking kind) type of following. For a period, it was the first website adventure fans logged onto in the morning, and the last one they visited at night.

Despite criticism of the quality and style of journalism in the past, it remains the go to place for serious adventure news. So I was delighted, after enquiring about writing opportunities, to receive an email in late 2017 from the new owner. Fast forward six months, and I’ve just finished my first two weeks on the ExWeb beat – evenings and weekend’s around my day job.

Lou Rudd (Left) and the late Henry Worsley in Antarctica. Lou is my first ExWeb interviewee!

There are a handful of ExWeb writers, sprinkled liberally around the globe. From Canada, to the UK, Poland, New Zealand and Vietnam. So it certainly doesn’t make it easy for us to cover news in real time from various different time zones! I won’t reveal much more about the team for now, as I’m due to pen an article on ExWeb 2.0 for Cathy O’ Dowd’s ‘The Business of Adventure’ Blog.

In these first few weeks I’ve been hoovering up expedition news via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and our existing links. I’ve been lucky enough to interview two excellent polar adventurers, have direct contact with climbers at Everest, and cover stories from Norway to Guyana. Here’s a quick look at those I’ve covered to date:

The next month will be full on for ExWeb covering the Himalayan climbing season, and for me mainly Everest. It’s an opportunity I’m fully embracing. Much more to come I hope.

Sherpa Tenji on Everest this week (this is also this post’s featured image, copyright Jon Griffith).

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About the Author Ash Routen

I’m a postdoctoral exercise scientist by day, and cold expedition adventurer (for want of a better term) and outdoors and health writer by night. I’m based in Leicester in the UK, but I also spend considerable time in Cambridge where my partner lives. To find out more about me, visit my about page or take a look at my published writing.

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