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.
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:
- Everest-Lhotse Traverse Update
- Tania Noakes Solos the Entire Length of Norway in Winter
- Lou Rudd Announces Plan to Cross Antarctica Alone and Unsupported
- Second Team to try Everest-Lhotse Traverse
- Three British Women Complete Guyana River Paddle
- Sherpa Tenji to target Everest–Lhotse Traverse
- Reboot of the Dark Ice Project
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.
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