After three days of unrelenting driving, Mike and his team finally arrive in the capital of Russia, Moscow. Brimming with beautiful historical monuments, its unique urban architecture contrasts with the richness of its greenery. From his point of departure Château-d’Oex, Switzerland up until now, Mike and his crew have witnessed spectacular sceneries from the comfort of their two Mercedes-Benz G-Wagons. Despite a couple hours lost stuck in traffic, the team is advancing rapidly towards their final destination: Pakistan! “There’s a pleasant surprise to be found after every turn on the road. This road trip is a lot more of an adventure than I had expected. Our backsides might be numb, but our minds are blown away by the thrill of such a new and exciting journey!”
Adventurer Mike Horn and Team Begin Next Challenge and Drive from Switzerland to Pakistan to Climb and ski k2 unassisted
Mike Horn, and his fellow Alpine climbers: Fred Roux and Köbi Reichen of Switzerland departed Thursday 14th of May via automobile, a G-Class Mercedes Benz, for their second attempt to ascend K2, the second highest mountain in the world with a peak elevation of 8,611 meters/28,251 feet.
Mike Horn has achieved feats that no other man has accomplished from swimming the Amazon River solo and unsupported to an unmotorised circumnavigation of the globe at the equator, Mike’s list of accomplishments as a solo explorer is unparalleled. Climbing the second highest mountain on this planet is not nearly enough of an adventure for Mike so him and his team are driving from Switzerland to Pakistan to begin the journey.
Leaving from his home, Château-d’Oex, Swtizerland, they will drive through 10 different countries (Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China) to finally reach Skardu, Pakistan where Mike and his team will start their most challenging ascension yet. As of all the other climbs they have done together, this ascent will be done alpine style without high altitude porters or additional oxygen. In the hope of a triumphant ascent Mike and Fred will attempt a world first by skiing down the technical faces K2.
“Let’s just say it’s a challenging commute to work,” said adventurer, Mike Horn. “I normally don’t use motorised vehicles on my adventures, but in this case, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class will allow me to discover the remote lands that I have not yet had the opportunity to explore. I am looking forward to witnessing the drastic changes in scenery and to meet locals and hear their stories along my journey.”
The innovative features of the intricately designed G-Class is a compliment to Mike and his team in many ways. The G-Class was created to conquer challenges on six continents and the 36-year evolution of the G-Class keeps elevating the pinnacle of refinement. From its advanced lighting to its classic upright shape, its purposeful elegance is both unmistakable and irrefutable. Every surface of the G-Class reflects its confident capability on any surface of the earth.
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Training starts for earnest for Mike Horn as he prepares for the ascent of K2 in June/July 2015.
Mike’s philosophy – never in the gym! It’s outside where the action takes place. It’s using each and every muscle, practising mind over matter, and most importantly, the connection with nature.
For a few months now Pangaea has been settled in the charming and friendly village of Sète, on the southern coast of France. Pangaea has been undergoing some minor renovations ans maintenance work while Mike has been giving conferences, writing books and preparing for his next amazing adventures in 2015. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and VERY BEST WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR. May 2015 be full of love and laughter and may all your dreams, aspirations and challenges come true 🙂
Nov 24 – Laureus Academy Member and adventurer extraordinaire, Mike Horn, mentored a group of children from the Laureus-funded Great Commission United (GCU) project at Woodlands Primary School in Cape Town last week.
The South-African born Swiss explorer met with a group of local children from the GCU project and joined them for some fun basketball, skipping, boxing and soccer sessions. He then enthralled the kids with tales from some of the adventures that have earned him the reputation as the world’s greatest modern day explorer, such as swimming with crocodiles on his solo Amazon River navigation. Mike ended his talk by urging the kids to keep striving to achieve their goals, believing that nothing is impossible.
The Great Commission United is a football and basketball orientated project that aims to keep young people from Heideveld and surrounding areas on the Cape Flats away from gangs and crime and plugged into positive influences and aspirations. The project strives to enrich the children’s life experience through sport and to ignite a desire of wanting more from their lives.
Mike Horn is one of the 47 members of The Laureus World Sports Academy, a unique collection of some of the world’s greatest sporting icons. Each Academy Member uses the power of sport to help tackle pressing social challenges through the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation projects.
Since its inception Laureus has raised over €60 million to improve the lives of millions of young people and currently supports more than 150 community sports projects in 34 countries.
On the eve of the leg 2 start South African explorer Mike Horn shares his insights from a life lived on the edge with Dongfeng Race Team skipper, Charles Caudrelier. “What I say is if the will to win becomes bigger than the fear to lose, you can win.”
Mike Horn sails Pangaea into the port of Sète, the seaside resort on the French Mediteranean. Sète has its own very strong cultural identity, traditions, cuisine and dialect and is home to 88’000 inhabitants.
The local people have made Mike and his crew feel very welcome.
Mike will now leave Pangaea and return to Switzerland to continue work on his upcoming book and to train for the 2015 K2 Expedition.
22 September 2014 – Mike Horn and Valaisan alpinist, Fred Roux climb to the summit of Mount Dolent in Valais, Switzerland and descend with parapentes, as part of a promotion film called the ’13 Faces of Valais’. Breathtaking scenery is beautifully captured by photographer David Carlier.
It is generally considered the tripoint between Italy, Switzerland and France, although the point itself lies at 3,749 metres, north-west of the summit of Mont Dolent.
Sailing in the Mediterranean has been a welcoming change for Mike and his crew. Pangaea normally sails big ocean traverses or amongst the icebergs of the Arctic, but now she is in Barcelona.
Barcelona offers the crew the opportunity to do some maintenance work such as cleaning the hull and checking the sails.
Mike will quickly return to Switzerland afterwards to work on his new book.