Man

ON A MIS­SION

Nam Wheels - - News - Mikeh Horn

Most peo­ple fit into some sort of mold; a neatly-de­fined spec­trum of their main char­ac­ter­is­tics. Fast for­ward be­yond the artists, ac­coun­tants or an­a­lysts and you even­tu­ally stum­ble upon a very unique group called “ex­plor­ers”.

Mike Horn is an ex­plorer. Although he may not look like the ex­plor­ing type (think Kings­ley Hol­gate) it only takes a brief en­counter or chat with the man to con­firm his wan­der­lust cre­den­tials.

It’s mid-morn­ing and we’re in a fancy ho­tel at Cape Town’s V&A Water­front, guests of Mercedes-benz South Africa. The brand (in­ter­na­tion­ally) spon­sors Mike with two Mercedes Ge­län­dewa­gen (G-wag­ons) when his feet are not busy climb­ing a huge moun­tain or trekking across a glacier.

Us­ing the Water­front as a prepa­ra­tion point for the next leg of his Pole2pole ad­ven­ture, Mike also brought his sta­teof-the-art Dahu sail­ing yacht “Pan­gaea” to Cape Town. While the team was in town, they used the op­por­tu­nity to help out at so­cio- en­vi­ron­men­tal projects around the penin­sula.

It’s easy to see why Mercedes-benz has aligned it­self with the man; he may not be in his com­fort zone around cam­eras and con­fer­ence rooms but gives a mean speech and sim­ply ra­di­ates en­thu­si­asm when chat­ting about his ex­pe­di­tions.

Pole2pole is the lat­est and great­est one, an elon­gated jour­ney from the South to the North Pole with many note­wor­thy stops in be­tween. Start­ing in Monaco, the first stop was Namibia where Mike crossed the desert in var­i­ous G-wag­ons with jour­nal­ists in tow. He then walked across most of Botswana be­cause, you know, ex­plor­ers do that.

Mike and his crew left Cape Town late in 2016 and landed on Antarc­tica on 12 De­cem­ber - the Pole should be reached soon! Fol­low his progress by us­ing any of the links to the right...

Text Hanjo Stier Images Mercedes-benz South Africa vis­ited Namibia on his Pole2pole ex­pe­di­tion - we caught up with him be­fore he left for Antarc­tica...

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