21 Yaks and a Speedo
Lewis Pugh is a maritime lawyer, an environmental campaigner and an adventure swimmer with numerous pioneering swims including those in the North Pole and in the Southern (Antarctic) Ocean. In 2010 Pugh was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for his "potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through inspiring leadership. He has spoken at the 2011 Global Open Water Swimming Conference and was inducted as an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in its Class of 2013 for his outstanding body of work in the sport of open water swimming and marathon swimming.
Pugh was the first person to complete a long distance swim in every ocean. He frequently swims in vulnerable ecosystems to draw attention to their plight and is best known for undertaking the first swim across the North Pole in 2007 to highlight the melting of the Arctic sea ice and for swimming across a glacial lake under the summit of Mount Everest in 2010 to draw attention to the melting glaciers in the Himalayas, and the impact the reduced water supply will have on world peace.
On both his Arctic and Antarctic expeditions Professor Tim Noakes, a sports scientist from the University of Cape Town, recorded Pugh's ability to raise his core body temperature by nearly 2°C in anticipation of entering the freezing water. He coined the phrase "anticipatory thermo-genesis" (the creation of heat before an event). Pugh believes it is a Pavlovian Response to years of cold water swimming.
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