Explorer Planning Global Circumnavigation via the Poles


South African explor­er Mike Horn is no stranger to long dis­tance expe­di­tions. He once trav­eled on foot to the North Pole com­plete­ly in dark­ness, and he has cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ed the globe at the equa­tor entire­ly under human pow­er. He swam the entire length of the Ama­zon Riv­er, and he has even attempt­ed to climb, and paraglide, from the sum­mit of K2. But the expe­di­tion he start­ed in the spring of 2016 is on anoth­er lev­el, as he’ll attempt to cir­cle the globe trav­el­ing north and south, vis­it­ing both Poles in the process.

This ambi­tious project, which is dubbed the Pole2Pole 360 Expe­di­tion, began on May 6th of 2016, when Horn set sail from Mona­co aboard his ship, the Pan­gaea. The 110-foot yacht will serve as his mobile base camp in the months that fol­low, allow­ing him to tra­verse the globe on this epic adven­ture. Once he reach­es South Africa, Mike will resup­ply before cross­ing the treach­er­ous South­ern Ocean for Antarc­ti­ca, where he’ll tra­verse the frozen con­ti­nent on skis, pass­ing by the South Pole along the way. After com­plet­ing that cross­ing, he’ll re-board his ship, and begin sail­ing north across the Pacif­ic and Arc­tic Oceans, where he’ll once again don his skis in an attempt to reach the North Pole on foot as well. If Mike is suc­cess­ful in reach­ing 90° North – the very top of the world – he’ll then turn south once again, and ski and kayak to Green­land, which he’ll also cross on foot, en route to rejoin­ing the Pangea for the final sail back to Gibral­tar, even­tu­al­ly end­ing where the epic adven­ture began.

Mike Horn

As if all of that did­n’t sound chal­leng­ing enough, Horn hopes to com­plete the entire jour­ney in under two years. If he is suc­cess­ful, he’ll be the first per­son to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the globe in this fash­ion. To fol­low Mike along his jourey check out his page here.

To get an idea of just what kind of explor­er Mike is, check out some footage from his and Børge Ous­land’s trip to North Pole in the mid­dle of Jan­u­ary, bat­tling sub-zero tem­per­a­ture, lit­tle to no sun, and of course, polar bears.