@mikehornexplorer - Mike Horn

Professional Explorer Currently in Pakistan, climbing K2 (8611m) as part of my #pole2pole expedition.
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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.
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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 tha

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@roam Wonderful group of humans!

It’s never easy turning your back on a dream, especially when you’ve worked so hard to get so close. But that’s also what makes life so interesting, if it were easy to reach our goals, we would never learn to fight for them.
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Nature will always have the first word, K2 has taught me that lesson for the third time now. But this does not mean that I’ll be giving up on the dream of one day making it to the summit. Experiences like these make us stronger, more perseverant and more humble. I can therefore only be grateful for the opportunity in spite of my obvious disappointment.
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There is no time to dwell though, only new adventures to look forward to! Now it’s time for me to focus on the next step of my Pole2Pole expedition, the crossing of the Arctic Ocean!
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Thanks to my partners for their support and also to all of you who have been following this expedition so closely. Reading your encouragements really gave @fredroux72 and I some extra peps!
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It’s never easy turning your back on a dream, especially when you’ve worked so hard to get so close. But that’s also what makes life so interesting, if it were easy to reach our goals, we would never learn to fight for them. . Nature will always have

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@roam All about the perseverance!

@sebastianroche You’re a champ in all our hearts mate💪🏻💪🏻

#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. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣
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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. ⁣⁣
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#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.

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@webb Through your determination we will never give up Mike 🖤

@cyril_despres Chapeau les gars, un bon alpiniste est un vieux alpiniste qui sais prendre les bonnes décisions au bons moments m’a dit Jean Troillet 🙏🏻. Have a safe trip back home, 👋🏻

Mike called us today to tell us that him and Fred have safely arrived in camp 3! We were so happy to hear his voice and speak to him, not only because he is making great progress but also because today is his birthday!

We recorded a little piece of our phone conversation in order to share the news with you and to give you an idea on how we communicate as a family in these conditions.

It is always a little nerve-racking waiting for the phone to ring, but our trust in our Paps is unshakable! So we said our happy birthdays, our goodbyes and our I love you’s and now we wait patiently for the next call.

Thank you everyone for your ongoing support and your messages of encouragement, it is driving force in our undertakings as a family and it motivates to keep on living the life we dream and to share it with you!
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Mike called us today to tell us that him and Fred have safely arrived in camp 3! We were so happy to hear his voice and speak to him, not only because he is making great progress but also because today is his birthday! We recorded a little piece of

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@roam Stoked! Also happy birthday! 🙌

@mcnamara_s Solid

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.
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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.
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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!
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We will try do another Instagram live later today to tell you more about our upcoming climb, so stay tuned!
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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 cond

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@sebastianroche Yes!!! Climb well, my friend!!💪🏻💪🏻

@roam Best of luck friends! Cheers

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Some footage of our descent to basecamp (5200m) from camp 3 (7400m).
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You can see the concentration on my face as I make sure not to miss a single step!
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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!
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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 n

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@sebastianroche Amazing!!!!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

At 7400m, the lack of oxygen turns simple tasks into big challenges. Eating for example, which is something we all do without any struggle at home, becomes a real difficulty with altitude. But feeding ourselves and stocking energy is crucial in these conditions, not only because of the physical effort but also because of the cold temperatures.
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Liquid food therefore becomes a good option when we are feeling extra tired, as it requires less effort to prepare and consume. It is also the perfect way to take in more calories in smaller quantities.
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Here you can see us enjoy a liquid meal in our tent at camp 3, but pay attention to how exhausted Fred becomes after only one mouthful, so imagine if we had to finish up a full plate of steak and fries?!
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At 7400m, the lack of oxygen turns simple tasks into big challenges. Eating for example, which is something we all do without any struggle at home, becomes a real difficulty with altitude. But feeding ourselves and stocking energy is crucial in these

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@roam Rest up before the big push!

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Here is another pic that I took from camp 3, looking up towards the summit of K2. Here we can see the shoulder we need to overcome on our way to the top of the mountain. The shoulder is about 600m above our tent, at 8000m.
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Making our way over the shoulder will be one of our biggest obstacles on this expedition thus far. As you can see, there is a lot of snow, making progress very difficult and the risk of avalanches very high. It will be crucial for us to make the right call at the right time when we approach this step.
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So far, we are very happy with our progress, but we are aware that the bigger challenges are yet to come. As we make our way higher, the oxygen level continues to decrease, and the dangers unavoidably increase, resulting in slower and more steady progress. With every extra meter gained in altitude, more effort needs to be invested for shorter distances. But we won’t be shied by these difficulties, on the contrary, we are here to overcome them, while always being as careful as possible!
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Here is another pic that I took from camp 3, looking up towards the summit of K2. Here we can see the shoulder we need to overcome on our way to the top of the mountain. The shoulder is about 600m above our tent, at 8000m. . Making our way over the s

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@roam Congrats on the progress, keep it up @mikehornexplorer 🤘🏽

& today is a great day because we made it up to camp 3 (7400m)!!!
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It was a long and tiring ascent, but @fredroux72 and I are feeling extremely happy to have made it this far. We stopped at camp 2 (6700m) on the way up for a quick meal and rest, and then continued our way up to camp 3. It took us 6 hours to climb from C2 (6700m) to C3 (7400m). We ascended with an extra tent, sleeping bags, stove, food, some ice screws and hardware in order to prepare for the summit push.
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Tonight, we’ll sleep here at camp 3, and head back to basecamp in the morning. Our acclimatization process will then finally be completed!
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In the first photo we can see our beautiful view from camp 3, showing Broad Peak, G1 and G2. These are all mountains I have already summited in the past. K2 is the last 8000m mountain left for me to summit in the Karakoram mountain range. Fred and I really hope this try will be the one!
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In the second photo, you can see our camping site for the night. We had to carve out a flat surface in the slope of the mountain in order to pitch our tent and keep our equipment safe until we attempt the summit push, which we hope to do in before the end of the week!
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& today is a great day because we made it up to camp 3 (7400m)!!! . It was a long and tiring ascent, but @fredroux72 and I are feeling extremely happy to have made it this far. We stopped at camp 2 (6700m) on the way up for a quick meal and rest, and

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@roam Nice work Mike! Stoked for you to make a bid.

@sebastianroche Amazing👏🏻👏🏻 Go Mike @mikehornexplorer 💪🏻💪🏻

And finally we’re heading up to camp 3 (7400m)! This will be the last step to complete our acclimatization process. We’ll spend a night there and head back down to basecamp before we wait for the perfect weather window to attempt our first summit push.
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It feels great to be out here, working towards achieving this lifelong dream!
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Thank you for all the encouraging messages and comments, your ongoing support gives me the extra strength to go the extra mile.
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Stay tuned for more news from camp 3! #K2Calling #mikehorn #pole2pole
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And finally we’re heading up to camp 3 (7400m)! This will be the last step to complete our acclimatization process. We’ll spend a night there and head back down to basecamp before we wait for the perfect weather window to attempt our first summit pus

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And because going up is only half way, here is a little preview of @fredroux72 climbing down what we call the chimney on our way back to basecamp from camp 2.
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Can’t wait to head up to camp 3 soon and finish our acclimatization process and attempt the summit within the next couple weeks!
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And because going up is only half way, here is a little preview of @fredroux72 climbing down what we call the chimney on our way back to basecamp from camp 2. . Can’t wait to head up to camp 3 soon and finish our acclimatization process and attempt t

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It was a cold and windy night up at camp 2 but the sun is shining today for our descent back to K2 basecamp!
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Once arrived in basecamp, we will rest for a couple of days before setting off for the last part of our acclimatization process: climbing up to camp 3 (7400m) and spending a night there before heading back down to basecamp.
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Once acclimatized and feeling in shape, we’ll wait for a weather window to attempt our first summit push!
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It’s exciting to be getting closer and closer to our goal with every passing day. But it’s also important for us to take the time to complete our acclimatization process properly, to listen to our bodies and to wait patiently for the right weather conditions in order to optimize our chances of success.
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It was a cold and windy night up at camp 2 but the sun is shining today for our descent back to K2 basecamp! . Once arrived in basecamp, we will rest for a couple of days before setting off for the last part of our acclimatization process: climbing u

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@roam Stoked for the next steps!

Petit update du camp 2 avant de se coucher! Comme vous pouvez le constater, la nourriture est une de nos plus grande préoccupation et motivation ;) bonne nuit! #K2Calling #Pole2Pole #mikehorn
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Petit update du camp 2 avant de se coucher! Comme vous pouvez le constater, la nourriture est une de nos plus grande préoccupation et motivation ;) bonne nuit! #k2calling #pole2pole #mikehorn

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And @fredroux72 and I finally arrived at camp 2 (6700m) after a 12 hour climb!
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It feels great to make this high, the highest we’ve been on this expedition so far. We’re both feeling in good shape and also feeling lucky to have the weather in our favor.
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Now we’re gonna set up camp and sleep here tonight as part of our acclimatization process. Tomorrow we will head back down to basecamp, rest a little and plan our next ascent to camp 3.
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We are very happy with our progress so far, we hope the conditions remain in our favor in order to slowly but surely make our way higher and higher until we reach the summit! Stay tuned to find out how our first night at 6700m goes.
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And @fredroux72 and I finally arrived at camp 2 (6700m) after a 12 hour climb! . It feels great to make this high, the highest we’ve been on this expedition so far. We’re both feeling in good shape and also feeling lucky to have the weather in our fa

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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!
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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!
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Thank you @fredroux72 for being such an supportive and inspiring friend and climbing partner. Together we are stronger 
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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 accomplishe

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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
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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 f

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@roam Climb strong!

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
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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 asce

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@roam Stoked for the next moves!

From 6000m to 5000m in 6 min. Please do not try this unless your parents give you the permission. If you spin out of control you will damage yourself. #pole2pole #k2calling
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From 6000m to 5000m in 6 min. Please do not try this unless your parents give you the permission. If you spin out of control you will damage yourself. #pole2pole #k2calling

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@rushkabergman Cool!❤️

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
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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

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@jimmychin Good luck up there my friend!

Until I’m able to give you an update on my ascension to camp 1, here’s a little clip featuring the incredible landscapes we’ve witnessed on our journey to K2 base camp and revealing some of the reasons why I love being here! #K2Calling #mikehorn #Pole2Pole
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Until I’m able to give you an update on my ascension to camp 1, here’s a little clip featuring the incredible landscapes we’ve witnessed on our journey to K2 base camp and revealing some of the reasons why I love being here! #k2calling #mikehorn #pol

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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
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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

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