Pugh Completes Swim at Base of Everest

Photo by Michael Walker
FIRST SWIM ON MT EVEREST Environmental campaigner and endurance swimmer Lewis Gordon Pugh completes a record 1,000m swim across a glacial lake (at 5,300m in altitude) under the summit of Mt Everest to draw attention to the melting of the Himalayan glaciers. The expedition was sponsored by Pick n Pay and SAP. Photo by Michael Walker via Sat4Rent (MICHAEL WALKER)

On May 22nd, Lewis Gordon Pugh Lewis swam 1kilometer across Lake Pumori at an altitude of 5,300m under the summit of Mt Everest, according to posterous.com. It took him 22 minutes and 51 second to swim in the 2 degrees centigrade water. Pugh swam to draw attention to the impact of global warming on the Himalayas.

Stay tuned for more as our very own Grayson Schaffer dons a Speedo and hits the water with Pugh in the upcoming July issue.

--Stayton Bonner

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