Achieving The Impossible, Lewis Pugh Conquers Everest

Achieving The Impossible, Lewis Pugh Conquers Everest

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Lewis Pugh, renowned environmentalist and swimmer, lived up to his recently published book, “Achieving the Impossible. A Fearless Leader. A Fragile Earth.

He successfully achieved his high-altitude goal of swimming 1 km across the glacial lake at 17,000-foot (5,300-meter) altitude under the summit of Mount Everest.

The unprecedented swim of preponderous proportions across Lake Pumori took him 22 minutes and 51 seconds with the water temperature at 2°C (35.6°F).

This was his personal account before he started his swim, “After a six hour walk today, we have finally reached the Khumbu Glacier and are now at the base that we will use for the swim, Gorak Shep. I am exhausted. I have to admit it. The entire team is battling with the altitude. The scenery is utterly spectacular. I am ready to do the test swim at Lake Pumori at about mid-day tomorrow our time. I need to keep clear, rested and ready. Now is when my mind training really comes into play. It is one thing to be physically ready. Another to be mentally ready. I will be back in touch after tomorrow’s swim for an update.”

With individuals like Pugh swimming up near the top of the world and many others like Penny Palfrey swimming at sea level, the Golden Age of Open Water Swimming is now.

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