Mike Horn: From Pole2Pole

From Pole2Pole:
Mike Horn’s route

Words: Andreas Tzortzis
Photo: dirk collins

For the Pole2Pole challenge, explorer Mike Horn will take approximately two years to travel – by land and by sea – almost 40,000km from the South Pole to Greenland, across six continents

The purpose of the journey is both educational and environmental, highlighting the issues facing our changing planet and collecting research samples at some of his more hard-to-reach destinations.

This is the route, Horn takes …

  1. Monaco, France 
  2. Namibia
  3. Botswana
  4. Cape Town, South Africa
  5. Antarctica
  6. New Zealand
  7. Australia
  8. India
  9. Arctic Ocean & Greenland
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“pole2pole is simply everything i’ve done in my life as an explorer, in one expedition”
Mike Horn

Europe/Africa: May - November, 2016

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1. Monaco, France 

May 8, 2016: Horn leaves Monaco on his sailing boat, Pangaea, and heads for Namibia.

2. Namibia 

June 1 – July 15, 2016: Arrives in Walvis Bay before embarking on a trek across one of the world’s oldest deserts – the Namib – on foot.

3. Botswana

July 15 – August 15, 2016: Walks across the Okavango swamps on a constant hunt for food and fresh water as he navigates a long-forgotten route.

4. Cape Town, South Africa 

August 15 – November 2016: As he prepares for Pangaea’s Southern Ocean passage, Horn spends some time on a shark-tagging mission.

“I wanted to get to antarctica the way shackleton did… That makes expeditions risky“
Mike Horn

South Pole: December 2016 - May 2017

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5. Antarctica

December 2016 – February 2017: Crosses the Antarctic continent solo by ski, via the South Pole, following a route pioneered by the explorer Amundsen. Races to finish before winter sets in.

6. New Zealand

March – May 2017: Exploring Fiordland, home to the southernmost fjords on the planet.

“Once I have an idea, i go out and do it. and that creates the momentum and inspires people”
Mike Horn

Australia/Asia: May - October 2017

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7. Australia

May – June 2017: Plans another shark-tagging venture, in addition to studying coral and highlighting its degradation, before making his way through Papua New Guinea.

8. India 

September – October 2017: Intends to scale some of the 8,000m ‘virgin’ peaks the Indian government recently opened up to be climbed for the first time. Then it’s on to Borneo and Indonesia.

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“i don’t always think the easiest road is the best road”
Mike Horn

North Pole: May - September 2018

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9. Arctic Ocean & Greenland

May – August/September 2018: Plans to undertake a solo crossing of Greenland, before hopping aboard Pangaea for the trip home.

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