On May 22, 2010, Lewis Gordon Pugh swan 1 km across Lake Pumori at the foot of Mount Everest. This swim took place at 5,300 meters of altitude, in water that was 2 degrees Centigrade, and lasted for 22m and 51s. Pugh did this to raise public awareness of the receding glaciers in the Himalayas and the potential destabilizing impact both environmentally and politically of diminishing water resources in the region.
The Rough Cut From Reuters
On Average How Long Can A Person Survive In Cold Water?
|Water Temp||Time To Exhaustion||Survival Time|
|32.5°||0.3°||< 15 minutes||45 minutes|
|32.5–40°||0.3–4.4°||15 – 30 minutes||30 – 90 minutes|
|40–50°||3.3–10°||30 – 60 minutes||1 – 3 hours|
|50–60°||10–15.6°||1 – 2 hours||1 – 6 hours|
|60–70°||15.6–21.1°||2 – 7 hours||2 – 40 hours|
|70–80°||21.1–26.7°||3 – 12 hours||3 hours – indefinite|
|> 80°||> 26.7°||Indefinite||Indefinite|
Table: Minnesota Sea Grant
Pugh, considered one of the best cold water swimmer’s in the world, had to radically change his mindset to successfully complete this swim. His preferred aggressive mental approach combined with a strong freestyle stroke led to exhaustion and near drowning. With a calm mind and employing the more subdued breast stroke, he was able to complete the swim.
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More About Lewis Pugh
For more information about Lewis Pugh, you should check out the web page Lewis Gordon Pugh Time to Believe and his blog at posterous. You may may also enjoy his 2008 Business Innovation Forum talk Utilizing Extremes.
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