GO! Kayak to the North Pole and save the world

Posted on September 1st, 2008 by Jim

This year, for the first time ever, scientists predict that the North Pole could briefly be ice free which has  inspired long-distance swimmer Lewis Pugh to kayak 1200km to see it for himself and try and find a way through. They call him the ‘human polar bear’ you know and you can see why:

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Setting off on the Saturday just gone from Norway to the North Pole he is expected to take between two and three weeks to complete the possible ice-free journey. A support ship will follow the kayak to provide Mr Pugh with food and respite from the brutal conditions.

For the first time in a lifetime of extreme challenges he is not sure that he wants to succeed.

“There’s one side of me that desperately wants to get to the North Pole to be able to shake the lapels of world leaders to get them to understand what has happened there,” he said in a recent BBC interview.

“But then there’s the other side of me that says I really hope I don’t get there. I hope I fail because if I am able to get there we really are in deep trouble.”

Talk about a dilemma! We ask you – do you want him to succeed or fail and why? Do tell – comments welcomed!


21 Responses to “GO! Kayak to the North Pole and save the world”

  1. Sarah says:

    I hope for his success..if he has decided to do it, why not put in 100% effort to ensure success?

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  2. Purple13 says:

    Surely we don’t need to kayak to the North Pole to prove that its water all the way? aren’t we a bit more sophisticated than that these days?

    But admire the endeavour part of it – good luck to him. Just hope that Kayak seat isn’t made of metal! brrrrrrr

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  3. Urban Pagan says:

    I hope he makes it there

    then gets savaged by a polar bear

    he’s getting tracked by a boat. thats the equivalent of me saying I will walk round the globe provided a bus with pizza, stella artois and all my home comforts are with me.

  4. Urban Pagan says:

    and if I may this reminds me………

    apparently he has tried putting a radiator on the front of his canoe. however every time he put the radiator on the front it sank. which just proves the phrase……….

    you can’t have your kayak and heat it

  5. I see his delimma. If he makes it to the North Pole, global warming is happening more quickly than some want to admit, but he reaches his goal. If that happens, I hope he not only receives accolades for his achievement, but really brings into the media and forefront of politicians around the world how serious the problem is. With that in mind, I hope that he doesn’t make it because I don’t want to really deal with the reality of what is happening and how little is being done in comparison to other issues. I would also hope that he would be excited that he made it as far as the earth would let him. I also hope it would raise awareness and not give people and excuse to say, “See the exaggerate. It really isn’t that bad.” So, I guess I hope he doesn’t make it all the way, but still is able to feel accomplished and bring the right type of awareness.

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  6. Oh, thanks for sharing the video. I too believe that given the right circumstances, everyone has the ability to do remarkable things. I wonder what would happen if everyone thought of what they would like to do if there were no boundaries and went for that goal…I hope the world would be a better place.

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  7. Urban Pagan says:

    UNLESS your goal was to ensure nobody else reaches their goals obviously

  8. Emma F says:

    I’d like him to succeed – but that relates to him taking on a challenge.

    I’m not convinced that it will have any effect on world leaders though.

  9. Ange says:

    Succeed or not! In my eyes, he has already succeeded (like CC says above) as he has already brought awareness to me about the possibility of an ice free stretch of water from Norway to the North Pole! Scary indeed. I had no idea that was the case, or could be the case… I guess we will find out!

  10. Urban Pagan says:

    fair point he’s raised the issue and I’ve done nothing about it. why? because I am really not at all bothered. So he’s risking his life in vain. What an idiot. Its like that bloke – a hippy type who decided he would travel from the UK to india without money only relying on the kindness of strangers. He got as far as the north of france before turning back. Haha

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