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Ash Routen


18 Lyndwood Court







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Specialist Activities

Freelance outdoor and adventure writer, additional expertise in health and fitness.

Specialist Areas

Adventure and exploration i.e. Polar, Mountain, Desert, and Ocean expeditions. In addition hillwalking and general gear reviews.

Professional Details

Short Biography

I’m an outdoor and adventure writer with a special interest in cutting edge expeditions and adventure, as well as health and fitness.

I trained as an academic and have a PhD in Physical Activity and Public Health.

Passionate about the outdoors, and particularly the cold, my personal adventures have seen me travel to Arctic Norway and Siberia in recent years. In Spring 2020 I’m walking 700km along the coast of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic.

Professional Activities

Outdoor and adventure writer. I’ve written for The Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Outside Magazine, Trek and Mountain, Rock and Ice, ExplorersWeb, UK Hillwalking, UK Climbing etc.

Specialist knowledge of polar regions and cold environments, expeditions and the outdoors and health.

Other specialist topics areas include general hillwalking and mountaineering.

Recent Publications

Financial Times – Extreme ridge-running: the sport’s new zenith — or a risky, Instagram-fuelled craze?

Rock and Ice Magazine – A Conversation with Luke Smithwick: The Most Prolific Himalayan Climber You’ve Never Heard Of

Red Bull Adventure – Meet the dudes who walked 2200 kilometres through the Arctic, alone

UK Climbing – Seven Lonely Days – The Rescue of Alexander Gukov

Daily Telegraph – British mountaineer in ‘climb of generation’ watched Russian attempt end in tragedy before him

Financial Times – Polish Adventurer Andrzej Bargiel Makes First Ski Descent of K2

UK Climbing – Maurice Wilson – Everest’s Most Peculiar Casualty

Outside Magazine – A Climber Left $50,000 on the Top of Everest

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