Greg Johnson Completes The Peak And Pond

Greg Johnson Completes The Peak And Pond

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

What is harder: climbing up Mount Everest or swimming across the English Channel?

The debate can go on and on with mountaineers and open water swimmers both – simultaneously and confidently – claiming their chosen sport is more difficult, but only a few humans in history can express their opinions based on their own personal first-hand experience.

Greg Johnson is one of those 12 individuals who have summited Mount Everest and swim across the English Channel. The 42-year-old British mountaineer and open water swimmer from Basingstoke in southern England just joined the Peak and Pond Club.

Johnson climbed up Mount Everest in May 2019, the fifth of the Seven Summits, as a charity climb for Lifeline WA. This week, he also completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France on July 1st in a grueling 18 hours 15 minutes as a charity swim to support Lifeline.

Members of the Peak and Pond Club:

1. Hugo Rodríguez Barroso (Mexico) – accomplished twice

  • Mount Everest summit in 1997
  • English Channel crossing on 13 August 1986 in 13 hours 0 minutes
  • Mount Everest summit on 6 May 1999
  • English Channel crossing on 26 August 1993 in 13 hours 4 minutes
  • Mount Everest summit in 2000

2. Eric Blakeley MBE (Jersey)

  • Mount Everest summit in May 1997
  • English Channel crossing: 24 August 2003 in 20 hours 30 minutes at the age of 38

3. Georgios-Ioannis Tsianos (Greece)

  • English Channel crossing on 5 August 2000 in 9 hours 20 minutes
  • Mount Everest summit in 2004

4. Matthew J. Williams (UK)

  • English Channel crossing on 22 September 2010 in 15 hours 25 minutes
  • Mount Everest summit on 23 May 2008

5. Bill Borger Jr. (Canada)

  • English Channel crossing on 9 September 2000 in 12 hours 11 minutes
  • Mount Everest summit on 12 May 2011

6. Boguslaw Ogrodnik (Poland)

  • Mount Everest summit on 18 May 2006
  • English Channel crossing on 27 July 2014 in 20 hours 33 minutes

7. Gabriel Viti (USA)

  • Mount Everest summit on 22 May 2010
  • English Channel crossing on 7 August 2014 in 15 hours 50 minutes

8. Allan McLeland (USA)

  • English Channel crossing on 28 September 2008
  • Mount Everest summit on 23 May 2017

9. Jason Snell (UK)

  • Mount Everest summit on 15 May 2016
  • English Channel crossing on 23 September 2017 in 16 hours 30 minutes

10. Patrick McKnight (USA)

  • English Channel crossing on 21 July 2016 in 12 hours 54 minutes
  • Mount Everest summit on 18 May 2018

11. Rob Lea (USA)

  • Mount Everest summit on 24 May 2019
  • English Channel crossing on 10 July 2019 in 11 hours 47 minutes

12. Greg Johnson (UK)

  • Mount Everest summit in May 2019
  • English Channel crossing on 1 July 2021 in 18 hours 15 minutes

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