It’s been a rough ride for the past 48 hours but that’s how we like it. Nothing worth doing will ever be easy. #northpolecrossing #pole2pole
It inspires me.....! #pole2pole #northpolecrossing
There are landscapes in this world that I would never get tired of. #k2calling
Catching the last little heat from the sun before sailing into the Arctic Ocean. #northpolecrossing #pole2pole #northpolecalling
Before starting our 6-day hike up to K2 basecamp, we first stopped in the small village of Askole, where we met the porters that were to accompany us on our journey. During the hiking seasons, these Pakistani farmers earn their livings by providing their services as porters for trekking and climbing expeditions. The venue of mountain enthusiasts in their region gives them the opportunity to earn the extra money needed to support their families. . These men live with close to nothing and in very poor conditions, yet are some of the most generous and friendly people I’ve met throughout my many years of traveling around the world. It is thus important for me to express my admiration and gratitude towards these people, because without them, an expedition like #K2Calling wouldn’t be possible. By each carrying loads of up to 25kgs, they assist us in transporting our camping, climbing and communications equipment up to base camp. This involves long hours of hiking in tough conditions with very basic clothing and outdoor gear. Nevertheless they have an incredible ability to adapt to nature like very few that I’ve witnessed before. They adjust to the changing temperatures, walk for hours on end and never complain - ever since my first trip to Pakistan, I’ve been impressed and inspired by them! So I’d like to dedicate this post to them, because THEY are the real heroes in this story! . #K2Calling #Pole2Pole 📷 @FloriasWelchGallay
We all know that time is finite and precious, but what we often forget is that we have total control over how we decide to spend it. Thanks to the support of partners like @panerai, I have been able to redefine the concept of time in order for it to suit the life I chose to live. "I don't have the time" is only an excuse. If you have a dream make it happen! #Panerai
Getting ready to leave up North to the Arctic Ocean, just want to thank the #mikehornteam @annikahorn @jessicaahorn @lfv_04 for the amazing job they did on sharing the #K2Calling expedition with everyone following. Now start following the #northpolecrossing special thanks to @speedcastintl for making it possible to send all the content via satellite connection
The real adventure never stops! #Pole2Pole
Can’t believe it’s already been over a week since @fredroux72 and I decided to turn back from the summit of K2! I miss our time spent at the foot of the mountain, looking up at a dream we were so sure we would conquer. . At basecamp, we lived in the unknown, in a constant state of excitement and anticipation. Things are different now that we’re back home. The intense feelings have died down and left space for reflection and gratitude. . I always like to take the time to think about my expeditions once they’ve passed...things I would do differently, lessons to learn, instances to recall. But above all, I think back at everything and realize how lucky I am to live the life I dream with the support of those I love, to come back home alive, and to have the opportunity to take on my next adventure! . #K2Calling #MikeHorn #Pole2Pole
The Comfort Zone. #K2Calling #Pole2Pole
Every expeditions, no matter the outcome, is an opportunity to learn and meet incredible people and K2 keeps on reminding me of that. Thank you to all of you for your support, to my friend and climbing partner @fredroux72, and to the amazing team that accompanied us on the mountain! Being surrounded by such inspiring people was what made this expedition an unforgettable success. . #K2Calling #Pole2Pole #Mikehorn
#K2CALLING Update from Mike: On July 17th, 2019, we decided to turn around a few hundred meters away from the summit due to strong winds and repeated avalanches. We left K2 base camp located at 5200m at 4am (local time) on Monday July 15th. Then we reached camp 2 (6400m) where we took a short break and then left to join the last camp, camp 3 (7400m). At 6pm on July 16th (local time) and after a short rest, we continued our ascent until we reached an altitude of 8200m. At around 1am, when strong winds, snow drifts, and the lack of oxygen made breathing difficult, we decided to make a u-turn and return back down the mountain for our safety. We are now back in basecamp with some minor frostbite on our feet and faces. My K2 dream will not be realized this year but I will be back. This experience is just a reminder that one should never give up on their dreams, and that there is no such thing as failure, there are only lessons to be learned. #k2calling #pole2pole #mikehorn
And finally the time we have been waiting for has arrived! Tomorrow we plan on starting our summit push! We have a clear weather window over the next couple of days, which should give us enough time to make it to the summit and back down in good conditions. . The ascent will take us about 2-3 days. We will stop in the camps that we have set up along the way to rest and recharge. . It’s a very exciting time for @fredroux72 and I. A lot of dreaming, training and preparing has brought us where we are today, and we cannot wait to take another shot at our common goal of reaching the top of K2! . We will try do another Instagram live later today to tell you more about our upcoming climb, so stay tuned! . #K2Calling #Pole2Pole #MikeHorn
Some footage of our descent to basecamp (5200m) from camp 3 (7400m). . You can see the concentration on my face as I make sure not to miss a single step! . We’re now resting nicely in basecamp, paying close attention to the weather forecast for the next couple of days. We’re hoping to attempt our first summit push beginning of next week - cross fingers! . #K2Calling#MikeHorn#Pole2Pole
A lot of what we do or do not do is influenced by the people we decide to surround ourselves with. For me, even in my solo adventures, I have always given a lot of importance to the people close to me, because without them, nothing I have accomplished would have ever been possible! . So here’s a little piece of advice from K2: Surround yourself with people who support you and your crazy ideas, with people who encourage and inspire you, with people who make you laugh and remind you the true values in life! . Thank you @fredroux72 for being such an supportive and inspiring friend and climbing partner. Together we are stronger 💪 . #K2Calling #Pole2Pole #MikeHorn
After a restful weekend in basecamp, it’s time for @fredroux72 and I to make our way up to camp 2 (6700m) and even higher if we’re feeling it! The weather seems to be in our favor, and we’re feeling strong. It should take us about 10 hours to climb from basecamp to camp 2 - wish us luck and we’ll keep you posted! #K2Calling #mikehorn #pole2pole
After our ascent to 6000m yesterday, @fredroux72 and I are back in basecamp. The weather was very clear today but will be getting a little worse again. So we’ve been making the most of our rest time to go through our gear to prepare for our next ascent. We hope to head up above the 6000m mark early next week! #mikehorn #K2Calling #pole2pole pics by @sharomovdmitry
Made it to camp 1 and deposited a tent, stove sleeping bag and some food there. Then made our way higher towards camp 2. It snowed most of the morning but we’re happy we made it up to 6000m and back. #K2Calling #mikehorn #pole2pole
Back in basecamp after a successful climb to camp 1 (5600m). Could not go higher due to snow conditions. Today is the first clear day so we will wait for the snow to settle and head back up this evening. It takes about 2.5 hours to get from basecamp to advanced basecamp through the icefall. It is a short trip but dangerous due to the exposure to avalanches and crevasses. First pic is our view from advanced basecamp, feels so good to start moving! #mikehorn #K2Calling #Pole2Pole #mb #panerai
Bad weather still hampering our progress but we went for a hike up K2 to keep the legs moving & keep on smiling! #K2Calling #mikehorn #Pole2Pole
New week, new goals! Weather not at its best today, we’ll have to wait for it to clear before we make our way to camp 2 (6500m) - acclimatization going well so far, @fredroux72 and I feeling in top shape! . #K2Calling #Pole2Pole #MikeHorn #Pakistan #K2
Setting up our homes for the next month! I always position my tent facing the mountain I plan on climbing. It’s a way for me to set my mind on my goal. K2 is the first thing I see when I wake up and get out of my tent and the last before I go to sleep. My mind is set, my goal is in sight, now the real adventure begins! #K2Calling #Pole2Pole #MikeHorn pic by @sharomovdmitry
Concordia, the last camp before reaching K2 base camp! One of my favorite spots on the Baltoro glacier because it offers such an amazing view of the mighty K2! . I’ll try to do an instagram live again later today around 1pm Paris time, so stay tuned! . #K2Calling #MikeHorn #Pole2Pole pic by @sharomovdmitry
Happy to be back in Pakistan 2 climb K2. #k2calling #pole2pole 📷 @sharomovdmitry
Who better than @cyril_despres to teach you how to ride an electric motorbike.
Honored to be The Godfather of @sodebovoile that we baptized today. Objective to sail around the world in less than 40 days!
In Oslo at an #EQ workshop. I have learned so much concerning the future of electric Mobility with @mercedesbenz
The world is in your hands. Dare to Dream big and magic will happen #pole2pole
Take nothing for granted, appreciate every day, live in the moment. The only thing we can regret is what we wanted to do but never did. #pole2pole
The grey East China Sea, the sun lives inside ourselves. #pole2pole
Go to where you belong!
The calm beauty of nature, without words it makes you understand the essence of life. #pole2pole
Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts. Life is what we make it.
Time to start thinking about thin air. #pole2pole #Panerai
Merci à tous d’être venus aussi nombreux pour m’écouter parler de ma carrière d’aventurier au Grand Rex à Paris! C’est grâce à votre soutien que je peux continuer de vivre de ma passion et réaliser mes rêves. Maintenant il est temps pour moi d’attaquer mes prochains défis: l’ascension du K2 et la traversée de l’océan arctique en passant par le Pôle Nord pour boucler mon expédition #Pole2Pole. Promis je reviendrai vite avec pleins de nouvelles aventures à partager avec vous. Merci au @legrandrex pour l’accueil et cette magnifique salle, à mon équipe pour l’organisation de ces conférences, aux bénévoles, les techniciens, à la sécurité et encore à vous tous! 📸 @laurag_photo
Some places you leave but your heart remains. #pole2pole
We all steer our own ship through life. #pole2pole #eqc
What you love is who you are. #pole2pole
[CONCOURS] – @crosscallmobile t’offre 2 places pour assister aux conférences de #mikehorn le 7 & 8 avril prochain au @GrandRex de Paris ! Pour tenter ta chance : Like les comptes @crosscallmobile et @mikehornexplorer Dis-nous en commentaire quelle est la particularité du #TREKKER-X4, le smartphone utilisé par #mikehorn Fin du jeu : tirage au sort parmi les bonnes réponses 01/04 à 12h
Nature, the place where Angels meet.
There is beauty in simplicity #pole2pole
🎁 #CONCOURS 🎁 Tente de gagner deux places VIP pour les conférences de Mike Horn le 7&8 avril à Paris au Grand Rex Comme moi partage une photo ou vidéo sur ton compte avec ton meilleur saut avec le #MonkeyMikeinParis 🐒identifie moi @mikehornexplorer (assures toi que ton compte soit public) #mikehorn #conferencesmikehorn #jumpchallenge
Happy international #PolarBearDay they have been part of my life for so long, taught me what it takes to survive in the #Arctic we must protect them for the future generations to come
Happy birthday @annikahorn can’t believe you have grown up so quickly, a family is built on love for each other, only then you can overcome any obstacle.
Je viens vous raconter mes aventures le 7 & 8 avril au Grand Rex à Paris! Pour les billets, retrouvez le lien dans ma bio
Freedom is to detach yourself from what you do not need.
Living above the clouds. #pole2pole