HE SURVIVED 60 DAYS ON 1000 KM IN ARCTIC :
FIND OUT WHAT YOU HAVE IN COMMON WITH HIM
Imagine for a moment that it's you... you were born in Johannesburg, South Africa. You're not interested in school, so you choose to work in the same field as your father. Your father... He's your hero, your mentor. But one day you get called to the front, it's war. And when you come home, your dad's gone. Your world just ended.
So you pack your bags.
HE SUFFERS A TRAGEDY, GETS A JOB AS DISHWASHER (AND OTHER ODD JOBS)...
It all started that way for Mike Horn. By when he came home, he wasn't the same man. The loss of this loved one will create a hole in Mike's heart.
That's where the adventurer will begin to fill the void his hero has left deep inside. Adventure becomes his way of loving life.
He leaves, moves to Switzerland and finds odd jobs. He goes diving, becomes a ski and rafting instructor... It's a new beginning.
One day he goes to Peru with friends and almost loses his life in 1991 when he crashes with his paraglider. But he wants to discover more and Horn becomes the first man to descend the deepest canyon in the world. He gets noticed!
His ability to withstand extreme conditions makes a great audience dream. We discover him through the advertisements of a watch brand that adopts Mike's lifestyle "No Limits" as its slogan. Adventure then becomes his full-time job and that's how he wants to discover what Life is all about.
… AND HE BECOMES ONE OF THE GREATEST EXPLORERS OF OUR MODERN WORLD
In 1999, Mike Horn made an incredible expedition. He decided to circumnavigate the world by following the line of the equator. So he will travel 40,000 km on foot, by bike or in his canoe. He crossed several countries in civil war, such as the Congo, where he was stopped by the armed forces. The rebel soldiers sentenced him to death, but he escaped execution.
Crossing South America, he explores the most hostile corners of the Amazon and its river. To stay motivated, he cuts his mental effort into smaller goals. He doesn't tell himself he has to go around the world. He tells himself that he is in one place and that he wants to reach the village next door, then another one a little further away, etc...
During the objective "West coast to East coast of Africa" he walks through mountains and deserts. He is a victim of malaria and suffers from hypothermia. He must then better manage his effort and speed, which differ according to each different environment.
Nights are rythmed by rain, mosquitoes and body aches. But he keeps his spirits up. He moves forward.
The last few miles have been the longest of his journey. He has encountered a powerful storm and almost drowned in Lake Victoria. It took him four months to cover the remaining 4,200 kilometres. In altogether, he will have circumnavigated our planet in 18 months without an engine.
The list of his exploits is long and each one is more breathtaking than the last.
It crosses rivers, countries, oceans... It survives in the midst of Nature's adversity. It connects the North and South Poles in record time.
But also in 2006, he and his Norwegian friend Borge Ousland made history with a wager never before attempted: to ski from Russia to the North Pole during the Arctic winter. For 60 days they skied more than 1,000 km over the rugged, icy and drifting terrain of the Arctic Ocean. This expedition is described as "the first non-supported winter trek to the North Pole ever attempted".
Today, the great explorer is on his last expedition called Pole2Pole.
He is resisting the great cold by sharing breathtaking images with us. This inhospitable Nature, so impressive that it inspires respect and admiration.
Mike lives only for it, especially since his beloved wife Cathy has left this world. The explorer puts himself at the service of nature by offering us his teachings and videos of his explorations.
They amaze us, terrify us, but above all, they make us aware of how to keep this environment intact. When Mike is on the adventure, the wilderness has never been so beautiful.
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