Laureus Academy Member Mike Horn completes landmark mountain adventure
May 20, 2014
Laureus Academy Member Mike Horn and Swiss mountain guide/alpinist Fred Roux have reached the summit of Makalu without the use of additional oxygen or high altitude porters.
This makes Mike Horn and Fred Roux the first men to successfully climb a Himalayan summit over 8'000m in the Nepal 2014 climbing season and are two of three men in history who have summited this mountain without the use of additional oxygen.
"The climb was particularly gruelling for both of us. We were both very fit and well acclimatised after 3 weeks of waiting for a good weather window, but the mountain is extremely exposed and challenged us with its strong winds and very cold temperatures. We are thrilled to have both reached the summit. It's a great achievement of physical and mental endurance and we are thrilled to be rewarded with this magnificent victory" says Mike.
The name Mike Horn has been synonymous with feats of daring adventure for years.
Horn became a worldwide personality in 2000 after completing a solo journey around the equator without motor transport. This feat won him the 2001 Laureus World Alternative Sportsperson of the Year Award.