SA-born explorer begins Pole2Pole challenge

2016-05-08 21:34
E xplorer and adventurer Mike Horn poses for photographers in Monaco ahead of his expedition Pole2Pole to circumnavigate the world via the two poles. (Lionel Cironneau, AP)

E xplorer and adventurer Mike Horn poses for photographers in Monaco ahead of his expedition Pole2Pole to circumnavigate the world via the two poles. (Lionel Cironneau, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Monaco - South African-born Swiss explorer Mike Horn on Sunday set off from Monaco at the start of an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in an unmotorised expedition.

Horn, who will be 50 in July, left the principality aboard his sailboat Pangaea en route for South Africa, the Monaco Yacht Club said in a statement.

The 270 000km Pole2Pole journey, described on Horn's website as "the greatest exploratory expedition of the 21st century", will include a four-month trek across the Antarctic on skis, pulling a 200kg sled and aided by a kite when the wind is in his favour.

Horn has spent half his life pitting his wits and testing his endurance against the most extreme terrains, including circumnavigating the equator, while aiming to protect the environment and educate the world's youth along the way.

Once he reaches South Africa, where he was born, Horn will cross the Southern Ocean to Antarctica.

After crossing the Antarctic he will sail up the Pacific eventually reaching the Arctic.

From there, he will travel by ski and kayak to Greenland, before sailing back to Europe.

Along the way the explorer will visit Botswana, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Himalayas, Japan and Russia, among other places.

Horn set off from Monaco on Pangea with scientists, film-makers and writers on board for the first leg.

Read more on:    mike horn  |  monaco

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.