A Bear Of A Swim By James Jonssons

A Bear Of A Swim By James Jonssons

James Jonssons set the Bear Lake crossing record in 8 hours and 53 minutes. Even with a comfortable 71°F (21.6°C) surface water temperature along the 30K course, James faced other problems – icy cold water just below the surface and 5,924-foot (1,806-meter) altitude in the beautiful blue lake straddling the border between the western states of Utah and Idaho.

This was the third time that Bear Lake was crossed. Neal Phelps did it first with a wetsuit and fins in 13 hours and John Quackenbush, also in 2009, did it in 15 hours according to the traditional English Channel rules.

Read James‘ first-person account of his record-breaking swim here.

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