Often called the human polar bear, Lewis Gordon Pugh became the first person ever to swim under the summit at Mount Everest. Pugh crossed the 1KM wide Lake Pumori in 22 minutes and 51 seconds. This glacial lake sits at 17,000 feet above sea level and the water was a crisp two degrees Celsius – roughly 34 degrees Fahrenheit! All the while, Pugh braved the water like a champ in just a Speedo, goggles, and hair cap.
After two weeks of trekking up Mount Everest, Pugh and his team finally arrived for this once in a lifetime swim. “It was one of the hardest swims I’ve ever undertaken. Because of the altitude you need to swim very slowly and deliberately. Swimming 20 meters at full speed in the test swim, I felt I was going to drown,” Pugh said to reporters.
Pugh decided to make this difficult swim in an effort to bring awareness to the melting glaciers in the Himalaya region, as well as the declining amount of safe drinking water. “I have seen glaciers in the Arctic, the Alps, Central Africa, Antarctica and the Himalayas – and it’s the same story everywhere,” Pugh said. Pretty darn good causes to push your body beyond all human comprehension for public awareness, eh?
Now that’s what I call an adventure vacation. Well, maybe not vacation, but you catch my drift.