First Swim at the North Pole

Lewis Pugh took the plunge and became the first man to swim at the North Pole!

The 36-year-old Londoner spent almost 19 minutes at minus 1.8C as he front crawled for a full kilometre - more than half a mile in the coldest water a human has ever swum.

"It was like jumping into a dark black hole," he said. "The pain was immediate and felt like my body was on fire.

"I was in excruciating pain from beginning to end and I nearly quit on a few occasions. It was without doubt the hardest swim of my life."

But he said that a colleague ski-ing on pack ice alongside him looking out for hungry polar bears spurred him on.

Link - Thanks David R!


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Am I the only one to think "what an idiot"? What possible benefit can anyone get from this. It's not even as if it's like mountain climbing where you have the tenuous excuse "because it's there."
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