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On Route to Ushuaia

We were very happy with the results and the enthusiasm of our YE's (Young explorers) and are now in full swing in the preparation for their trip to Antarctica in two weeks time.

After 10 days of amazing experiences and souvenirs in the Swiss Alps these youths have shown huge motivation to go further, to learn more and take on their roles as ambassadors for our planet.

"Pangaea" the polar exploration sailboat, is currently heading down south along the west coast of South America and the crew are very eager to meet up with our first project ambassadors.

Panama to Ushuaia is a long leg, over 5 000 miles. Because the waters are rich in nutrients in the Humboldt / Peru current our crew have been very fortunate to be witness to incredible marine life and an amazing variety of bird life.

We're looking forward to sharing these visions with others.

Update from Switzerland

October is here already and the team in Switzerland are still recovering from the selection camp that finished only last week.

We were very happy with the results and the enthusiasm of our YE's (Young explorers) and are now in full swing in the preparation for their trip to Antarctica in two weeks time.

After 10 days of amazing experiences and souvenirs in the Swiss Alps these youths have shown huge motivation to go further, to learn more and take on their roles as ambassadors for our planet.

"Pangaea" the polar exploration sailboat, is currently heading down south along the west coast of South America and the crew are very eager to meet up with our first project ambassadors.

Panama to Ushuaia is a long leg, over 5 000 miles. Because the waters are rich in nutrients in the Humboldt / Peru current our crew have been very fortunate to be witness to incredible marine life and an amazing variety of bird life.

We're looking forward to sharing these visions with others.

YEP CAMP ANTARCTICA DAY 5

We have the pleasure to announce who are the 8 young explorers selected to join Mike in Antarctica :

Vincent Butty, 19, Switzerland
Clémence Cadario, 20, France
Nora Haselbach, 19, Switzerland
Alexandra Le Dily, 17 France
Maria Puig Ribas, 16, Spain
Henry Stanislaw, 19, USA
Nicolas Valdivieso, 17, Chili
Carlien Wolmarans, 17,South Africa

This morning Mike announced who was selected to join him in Antarctica and said : “It has been an unbelievable ten days for all of us involved in this process, participants and team members. We’ve come together and I truly feel we have become a family. Our main objective was to find true ambassadors to carry the message of the Pangaea expedition to the world. I congratulate everyone for their attitude and energy. I welcome the young people, selected today as the first members of the Young Explorers Program.”

YEP CAMP ANTARCTICA DAY 4

What a wonderful day here for our Young Explorers!!!

After a cross county raid, including twenty-eight hours of cycling, running, kayaking, rock climbing and raft building, our two teams of highly motivated and energetic youths finally crossed the finish line in front of the Hotel de Ville in the center of Château-d'Oex. What an amazing achievement!

Equipped with back packs and head lamps, they covered 50km, climbed mountain peaks, down valleys, paddled across lakes, from 900m up to an altitude of 2'130m, down again and up again.

Five hours sleep before dawn was all they needed before attacking the next days' obstacles and another 10 hours of grueling physical endurance.

At 16h00 the tired but elated team arrived back at the hotel, the time to have a rest and a hot shower before tucking into a Swiss fondue from the Caves of l'Etivaz.

Emotions run high for our youths and the team. Our guides Fred and Claude-Alain say the each and everyone deserves a medal for their mammoth achievement. Never before have they been witness to young adults with such a great sense of determination, support for their team members, motivation and team collaboration.

Congratulations to this fine group of astonishing individuals!!!

YEP CAMP ANTARCTICA DAY 3

The wake up call this morning was at 7 o'clock and our sleepy team ran for 30 minutes before returning to the hotel for a shower and breakfast.

Two programs were scheduled in todays activities. One group started the day with physical tests carried out by the Mayo Clinic. As it turns out we have a group of physically strong and able youths, and all seem highly motivated to push their limits to go that little step further.

As one group was doing this, the other group were learning rescue and first aid techniques with mountain rescue Doctors from the 'maison de Sauvetage ' in Sion. Dr Richon and Dr Zen Ruffinen gave a very interesting presentation and afterwards they put their teaching to practice when they faked an accident in a nearby Canyon. The injured person was taken to safety after the rescuers had to absail down a very steep cliff face. What an thrilling test for the young adults!

With a little time to spare this evening, the young adults had the chance to work on their workbook for the University of Munich and to upload their blogs onto the community site.

Geberit were the speakers of the evening and enlightened our team with their knowledge in saving water and gave our team a true example of sustainability in the industy.

YEP CAMP ANTARCTICA DAY 2

The day started with 'a blast' on this chilly morning in Château d'Oex but there's nothing like a good bicycle tour before breakfast to heat our young adults up!

Six of our young explorers passed the morning in the gym undergoing physical tests with two specailists from the Mayo Clinic from the US. The Mayo Clinic specialise in the study of top level athletes and scientific research with the goal of studying how the human adapts physically in a new environment, and in extreme climates. The first results of the camp are positive to date. The participants are on form …. more tests tomorrow!

During this time, two Swiss mountain guides taught the other group about orientation techniques, how to read a map, how to use a compass and how to read your GPS position. For some, the putting into practice on the terrain was easy, while others found the test more difficult. After midday, the groups swapped programs.

Later that day they assembled together and thanks to the installation of webcams, were able to see the sailboat Pangaea cross the Panama Canal. What a big motivation for the young adults to work hard and to find a place on the boat on its way to Antarctica!

Pangaea is now continuing her route towards Ushuaia where she will be in mid-October ….. Who will be joining her?

Talking about expeditions, there is one tool you cannot go without… the Swiss pocket knife ! In the evening Wenger presented the new knife specially developed for Mike Horn and then challenged our young team to design the knife that would suit their needs. Some very good ideas were proposed and will be presented to Wenger's R & D department.

The outcome of the second day was very positive, and the atmosphere relaxed and jovial. The young adults are quickly unwinding, becoming more confident and disclosing their true personalities.

"I am having the time of my life and I would recommend that you stay up to date with all the news and sign in for the expedition that interests you most…" Cobus

YEP CAMP ANTARCTICA DAY 1

Today was a fun day for this happy team!!

After a 6.30 wake-up they enjoyed a healthy breakfast and headed to the Electrobroc site where Group E, the energy patrner of Pangaea, gave them a guided tour of their electrical plant and a very interesting and interactive seminar on energy saving and energy consumption.

Following lunch the Young Adults were treated to the Mercedes-Benz Driving Experience. Mercedes-Benz, title sponsor of the expedition were proud to show them their latest BlueTec technology in engine development and gave a practical driving instruction showing them how to drive with a reduced fuel consumption. Competition ran high to be the best driver whilst consuming the least fuel!

A delightful finish to the day was a amazing paragliding flight with qualified pilots in the Swiss alps – a first ever for all but one of the young adults and an experience that will not be forgotten in a long time.

The group are getting on very well and are quickly familiarizing themselves with each other, Mike, the Pangaea team and their new surroundings. It's going to be a fun week with this intelligent and receptive group!

First Group of YE’s arrive in Switzerland

They are here!! The first ever group of Young Adults have arrived in Chateau d'Oex to take part in YEP. The ambiance and excitement run high as the young adults get to meet each other, Mike Horn and his team.

This group of young adult include;

Switzerland: Vincent Butty, 19 and Nora Haselbach, 19

USA: Henry Stanislaw, 19 and Britney Bear, 20

France: Alexandra Le Dily, 17, Hugo Clément, 15, Clémence Cadario, 20

South Africa: Cobus De Ridder, 16 and Carlien Wollmarans, 17

Spain: Maria Puig Ribas, 16

Germany: Lena Braun, 19

Chile: Nicolas Valdivieso, 17

These 12 were chosen from our international pool of young adults who have applied to join Mike and the Pangaea Expedition. They are here to attend a selection camp in Switzerland and following a 10 day assessment they will undergo a second selection process to establish who of the 12 will have the unique opportunity to join Mike Horn himself on as expedition in the field. In mid-October, the chosen young adults will travel to Ushuaia, the most Southern village of Argentina on a 2 week expedition, which will include sailing on the polar exploration vessel 'Pangaea', exploring the ice and the Antarctic Peninsula.

A varied and exciting program, designed personally by Mike Horn and his team, is planned for the selection camp in Switzerland. It will include intensive courses on the technological, environmental, physical, medical and communication skills required to prepare the YEP participants to meet the challenges of the expedition and communicate their experience to their peers around the world.

In the meantime Pangaea and its crew are progressing well and have encountered calm sailing since its departure from New York. They will arrive at the Panama Canal early tomorrow morning.

Pangaea leaves Brasil to cross the Atlantic

The boat is crossing the Atlantic !

The news from Pangaea is good! The boat left the Port of Santos on the 19th of April. With masts up, motors running and a motivated team, Pangaea finally left Brasil and headed north, following up the Brasilian coastline and passing Rio de Janeiro. Five days later Pangaea made a quick stop at Recife to prepare itself for the traverse of the Atlantic Ocean and on April the 26th, she started on her northeasterly route, passing the island of Norunha and out into the open sea.

Mike is happy. Everything is going well and the boat is moving with an 11knt average! Pangaea and it crew expect to arrive in Cape Verde in another 3 days time and should touch base on the Mediterranean coastline around the 11th of May.

Exciting times are to come and we are glad to have you with us!

Team Mike Horn

Mike is in a constant state of travel and adventure , so keep up to date on all his expeditions !