Thursday, October 1, 2009

Lewis Gordon Pugh To Swim Glacial Lake On Mount Everest

lewis gordon pugh everest open water swim

Yesterday’s Open Water Wednesday on featured Lewis Gordon Pugh and his upcoming extreme open water swim. Pugh plans to swim 1 kilometer in a glacial lake at an elevation of 17,000 feet in the Himalayas.


“His purpose is to highlight the impact of global warming and the melting of glaciers. Armed with traditional swim trunks (i.e., no wetsuit or technical swimsuit), goggles and a single swim cap, Pugh is training to swim about 20 minutes in the frigid waters of the Khumbu Glacier.” (source)

Pugh is no stranger to freezing conditions, however, because he has previously conquored both the North and South Pole (videos on

You can read about Lewis Gordon Pugh’s North Pole swim on World Culture Pictorial, which is also where I found the photos for this post.

Pugh’s real open water swims put the previous events of the Photoshop Winter Olympics to shame:

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Philip says:

Which lake did he use?