On the 4th of August 2002, adventurer Mike Horn started his biggest challenge so far: the discovery of the Arctic. He was set on being the first man to travel alone around the Arctic Circle non-stop, traveling a considerable part of the way on foot without any human assistance or motorized vehicle.
This “Arktos” expedition took 27 months during which Mike traveled solo and covered 20,000km trekking around the Arctic Circle crossing the territory of Greenland, Canada, Alaska, Russia and Norway using only his general knowledge, good equipment, physical strength and determination as his resources.
Mike was set on being the first man to travel alone around the Arctic Circle, keeping above the latitude of 66°33, non-stop and non-motorized. His modes of transport were sailboat, kayak, bike, skis, and when possible, a kite. On the 21st of October 2004 at 10am Swiss time, Mike Horn reached this almost impossible goal 27 months after starting.
I met Mike in early July 2009 and spent a few hours on his yacht on Sydney Harbour, he’s really inspiring and I hope his Young Explorers Project is successful.
If you know any kids 13-20 years old who are good at sailing & outdoor activities tell them to consider applying for Mike Horn’s “Pangaea Young Explorers Project” – his corporate sponsors cover all the costs of training and it’s an opportunity of a lifetime to learn conservation principles from a great explorer/adventurer.
Every month I’ll publish a new Free Desktop Wallpaper for your computer by a Guest Photographer or from the archives of photos I’ve taken, subscribe to my RSS feed to make sure you get the next one.