The Blog : Antarctica

All We Need Is Love


Neko Bay, Antarctica 64°50′ South 62°35′ West Love was in the air today. It was another breathtaking still day as we arrived in Neko Bay, so the team decided on a practice swim and ...

16 Dec 2016
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Bellingshausen Sea, 63°S 59°W


Air temperature 4°C / 39°F, Water temperature 0°C / 32°F Duration of swim: 17 minutes 30 seconds There is an Inuit parable that tells of two wolves that battle inside each of us. One ...

13 Dec 2016
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Cape Horn, 56°South


Yesterday I wrote about failure. Today we experienced it. And yes, there were lessons learned. Lesson one: avoid multiple mission objectives. That’s not always easy, when you find yourself in a spectacular part of ...

11 Dec 2016
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Speedo diplomacy – the lost art of negotiating


Endurance swimmer and Ocean Advocate Lewis Pugh has been called the “Human Polar Bear” and a “Speedo Diplomat”. He puts his body on the line to bring his message home, performing long-distance swims in ...

19 Nov 2016
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Sometimes ‘Crazy’ Gets the Job Done


Two years ago when I launched a campaign to protect the Ross Sea in Antarctica, the Daily Telegraph called me crazy. “Pugh is like a detective that has been given 24 hours before he ...

28 Oct 2016
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Environmental Glasnost: More than Pretty Words


It took me 50 hours to get from my home in Cape Town, at the tip of Africa, to Lake Baikal on the eastern edge of Siberia. That might not seem much to Russians, ...

3 Oct 2016
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If we want to save Antarctica, we must build bridges

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Have you ever watched a bridge being built? It is fascinating. I lived on the Thames while the Millennium Bridge was under construction. The engineers didn’t start from one bank and progress towards the ...

8 Jul 2016
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You can be courageous or comfortable


Life is not predictable. But exercising courage, and having the courage of your convictions, can help you weather the worst storms. I’ve been campaigning for Antarctica’s Ross Sea to be declared a Marine Protected ...

5 Jun 2016
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My open letter to President Putin


London 4 October 2015 Dear President Putin London taxi drivers have a wonderful name for the crossroads outside the Royal Geographical Society. They call it the ‘hot and cold corner’, because of two statues ...

4 Oct 2015
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