In May 2016, Mr Horn set off on the Pole2Pole expedition from Monaco, travelling by land and on his sailing boat Pangea from Africa to Antarctica, Oceania, Asia, the Arctic and back to Europe. As part of Pole2Pole, he crossed Antarctica in February 2017. This marked the longest ever solo unsupported north-to-south traversing of the Antarctica via the South Pole. Mr Horn tells of this journey of 5,100 km, which took him 57 days to complete using kites and skis.
The Pole2Pole expedition draws on his 25 years of experience of professional exploration around the globe. He explains that his motivation behind Pole2Pole is to encourage and inspire people to step out of their comfort zone, understand the importance of the planet and act accordingly to preserve it. This message of conservation and responsibility is reflecting in all of Mr Horn’s expeditions and he documents all his achievements to educate a global network of youth.
Mike Horn was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa and lives in Les Moulins, Switzerland. He studied at the University of Stellenbosch in Western Cape, South Africa.
At the age of 24, he moved to Switzerland from where he embarked on the first in a series of expeditions around the world. His first expedition, in 1997, was a 6-month solo and unassisted traversing of the South American continent from the Pacific Ocean, along the Amazon River and through the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean. This was followed by six further extreme expeditions, which included circumnavigating the equator and the Arctic Circle, and four mountaineering expeditions.
In 2016, he set off on his Pole2Pole Expedition, with the aim of circumnavigating the globe via the South and North Pole within 2 years. Mr Horn has published eight books about his expeditions and participates in two French TV shows. In 2001, he was awarded the Laureus World Sports Award for Action Sportsperson of the Year.
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The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to Jacada Travel for its generous assistance with this lecture.