We are thrilled to have Lewis Pugh back in Asia in mid May. Seize this opportunity to have him inspire your team with his amazing adventure stories! Watch below his TED speech about one of his adventures, swimming in the Mt. Everest’s Lake Imja.
After his North Pole swimming experience, Lewis Pugh vowed to never swim again in a freezing water… That vow lasted until Mt. Everest’s Lake Imja – a body of water at an altitude of 5,300 meters, entirely created by recent glacial melting. This new journey taught him a new way to approach both swimming and thinking about climate change.
Lewis Pugh knows oceans. He was the first to complete a long distance swim in every ocean of the world, and has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other person in history. He swam across the icy waters of the North Pole to highlight the melting of the Arctic Sea ice, and across a glacial lake on Mount Everest to draw attention to the impact of climate change on the Himalayan glaciers. It was there that he met his first yak.
Trekking behind them up the icy slopes, watching them cross skeletal bridges over dizzying ravines, and listening to them breathe outside his tent each night, Lewis got to think about the things he most admires in a yak. And found that those qualities were not unlike the ones that enabled him to meet his own challenges – and achieve things that people believed to be impossible.