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When we’re not outdoors, we get our dose of adventure exploring social media and the web. To feed your dose of adventure, here are some of the best adventure links we’ve discovered this week.

Greenland Walls: A team of mountaineers tackle high walls in Greenland, including kayak approaches and a week-long portage. They tick off routes with evocative names, including Sea Barge Circus and Seagull’s Garden.

The Dirtiest Man Alive: Dirtbag climbers must up their games to compete with Amou Haji. The Iranian hermit reportedly went 60 years without taking a bath, fearing cleanliness would kill him. His efforts seem to have worked. He lived to be 94 and died just months after local villagers finally convinced him to wash up.

Honnold’s Ultimate Red Rock Traverse: Alex Honnold doesn’t let family life slow him down. We covered his latest project, HURT, a week ago. Now there are more details. On the unforgiving terrain of Red Rock, he set out to achieve a unique personal project: a traverse that took 32 hours, 35 miles, 23 peaks and connected 14 classic rock routes.

There are lots of great rock climbs at Red Rock. Photo: Shutterstock

A guide to Welsh rock climbing

Sandstone Adventures: Wales offers fantastic sport and traditional rock climbing, as well as plenty of bouldering. South Wales sandstone is easily accessible, with Climbing in the UK listing at least 81 sandstone rocks within a 40km radius of Cardiff. If you fancy going there, this destination guide is a good entry point.

Bikepacking in the Arctic: The Far North is not a typical destination for bikepacking. However, the Arctic Post Road, which stretches 400 km between Finland and Norway, offers the possibility of cycling through one of the few remaining wilderness areas in Europe.

A sacred peak: Brazil closed its highest mountain, Pico Da Neblina, nearly 20 years ago due to high visitor numbers and litter and litter issues. Now, an ecotourism company hopes to both open the mountain to hikers and protect the environment and indigenous communities in the area.

Not too late ? : As of 2017, Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier has been known as the “Glacier of the Apocalypse”. It disappears so quickly that it seems to portend things to come. But scientists studying this rapidly melting river of ice think the impacts of climate change can still be mitigated, depending on how humans respond in decades to come.

A huge glacier at the edge of the ocean.

The apocalyptic glacier? Thwaites retreats, quickly. Photo: Sea research on Thwaites Glacier

5G coverage by drones

Drones bring coverage to Snowdonia: Virgin Media O2 and Llanbedr-based Snowdonia Aerospace Center are testing an innovative way to bring mobile connectivity to remote mountainous areas of the UK. Companies are experimenting with drones that would extend 4G and 5G aerial coverage, helping hikers and rescue services.

More than the Inca Trail: More than 25,000 hikers trek Macchu Pichu each year, but few explore beyond the most famous trail. National geographic explores Qhapaq Ñan’s paved trails and their potential as ecotourism destinations.

Crossing the North Pole: Experience one of the most awe-inspiring expeditions in modern adventure, straight from the horse’s mouth. In this podcast, Borge Ousland talks about the winter expedition to the North Pole he did with Mike Horn.