The Blog

Protecting the South Sandwich Islands


Is there no place in the world that is sacrosanct? No wilderness we can leave alone? No place we can fully protect for nature’s sake? Last month I was invited to address UK MPs ...

8 May 2018
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Join Our Crew – Campaign Writer


Summer 2018 Campaign Writer Dates: 02 July – 31 Aug 2018 Competitive salary The Lewis Pugh Foundation is looking for a hardworking writer to manage media content on board a yacht during a high-profile ...

26 Apr 2018
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Slava Fetisov to become UN Patron for Polar Regions


I’ve just made a whistle-stop trip to Russia to celebrate the birthday of a very dear friend of mine. Slava Fetisov needs no introduction to Russians, or to anyone who follows international ice hockey. ...

22 Apr 2018
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Media invite to historic Antarctic expedition


The last time Lewis Pugh went for a dip, the air was negative 37°C (35 F), so cold that the spray from the Antarctic ocean froze when it hit his support boat. He then ...

21 Sep 2017
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Where is Our Great Escape?


I recently visited the Norwegian Arctic, something that always brings great joy to my heart. But this time, I returned very disturbed. I am trying to make sense of a great contradiction. And I ...

6 Sep 2017
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Which Was My Toughest Swim?


When people ask me to name my toughest swim, they expect me to say the North Pole. That’s definitely up there, but I’ve had others that were just as challenging, for very different reasons. ...

4 Sep 2017
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No Place To Hide From Plastic

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Today we visited Barents Island, an uninhabited island in the high Arctic, on the east side of Spitsbergen. Its beach looks pristine. But get up close and you’ll find thousands of tiny pieces of ...

23 Aug 2017
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Always Dive In: How I do what I do

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I’m so grateful for all the messages of support and encouragement I’ve received since my swim along the edge of the Arctic sea ice. I’ve also received many, many requests to share how it ...

5 Aug 2017
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Swimming Along the Arctic Sea Ice

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I love everything about my polar campaigns, except for the tense hours just before a swim. The anxiety before this last swim, along the edge of the Arctic sea ice, was the worst I’ve ...

30 Jul 2017
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Runaway climate change in the Arctic

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Ten years ago, I stood on the edge of the sea ice at the North Pole staring into the ink-black Arctic Ocean. I was attempting to become the first person to complete a long ...

27 Jul 2017
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