Mike is one of the world’s greatest living adventurer-explorers. His motto is: ‘the impossible exists only until we find a way to make it possible.’ In 2007, he was elected a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy in recognition of his ground-breaking human achievements.

Mike’s Osprey

Variant 37

The Variant 37 offers me all I need and much more. It’s light but strong and has easy to use organisation. This saves me time, and time is life above 7500m. The Variant becomes part of the movement of my body as I climb. To me it’s the must have for big expeditions!

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Career Highlights

  • Mike travelled the entire length on the Amazon using a hydrospeed, hunting for food and sleeping on the riverbanks at night (1997)
  • He solo circumnavigated the globe around the equator without any motorised transport (1999)
  • He travelled 20,000km across the Arctic Circle by boat, kayak, ski kite and on foot (2002). This 2 year expedition earnt Mike a nomination for the ‘2005 Laureus World Alternative Sportsperson of the Year Award’
  • He crossed the North Pole during the dark season and scaled 8,000 metre peaks (2006)
  • He summited Mount Makalu (8,463m) in Nepal without the use of additional oxygen or high altitude porters (2014)
  • He recently set off on his latest expedition “Pole2Pole”, a two-year circumnavigation of the globe via the South and North Pole (2016)

Osprey Stories

Athlete
An Interview with Anne Wangler

We caught up with Anne Wangler; Free skier, nature lover and self-proclaimed travel addict. She talks about how she first entered the skiing world and how skiing, travel and the outdoor is a way of life.

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Athlete
An Interview with Christof Nettekoven

We caught up with Christof Nettekoven, expedition climber. He talked about his passion for not only classic alpinism but also the rich cultural experiences that can be found on an expedition.

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