Pole2Pole, a 42,000 km expedition around the world, through the poles, sailing from one continent to another and going by foot on mainland is South African explorer Mike Horn’s latest adventure.
Mike Horn – who has visited some of the remotest places on earth during the last two decades – began his expedition from the Yacht Club of Monaco about eight months ago with his sailboat Pangea, to arrive in Namibia and from there proceeded by foot through the Okavango Delta in Botswana, before reaching Cape Town , in South Africa, where Pangea was waiting for him to sail through Cape of Good Hope Sea.
The trip proceeded across the Indian Ocean: South route towards Antarctica landing 2200 miles south of Cape Town. From there Horn moved ahead to cross Antarctica on skis via the South Pole geographical point.
Although arrival at the South Pole was scheduled for January 15th, planned that way to avoid colder temperatures, Mike Horn reached it on January 9th. From there the journey will resume its north route to get to Pangea and proceed to Australia first and the North Pole afterward.
"Pangea" is a 35 meters sailboat with two masts, 600 meters of sail as a maximum area. It has a communications center that can transmit high quality video and images from all over the world and it uses the BlueTec system, an engine with the lowest possible emissions. Furthermore, its batteries are recharged by solar panels on the hull.