Mike Horn, the South African adventurer best known for his solo, unpowered circumnavigation of the earth on the equator, is at it again: tackling those expeditions others deem impossible. Horn set off at the end of February on the Arktos Expedition, an attempt to be the first person to traverse the Arctic Ocean via the North Pole, solo and unsupported. That done, he plans to circumnavigate the Arctic Circle, including the first-ever winter crossing of Siberia.
Denis Douglas, a pioneering extreme hiker who first walked the length of the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail a decade ago, completed his second trek this week.
Douglas, 50, hiked out of Big Lake on Feb. 17, the day after the Iron Dog snowmachine race started. He was towing a 120-pound aluminum snowmachine sled behind him, which had a built-in tent and was packed with freeze-dried meals, jerky, a white-gas stove, sleeping bag, socks and extra shoes.
His journey was inspired by the events of Sept. 11, and he dedicated his walk to victims of the attack. Calling his walk The Power of One, Walk for a United America, Iditathon 2002, Douglas is raising money for the Twin Towers Orphans Fund and Leary Firefighters Association International.
He has roughly $1,200 in donations and hopes people will give more once they hear about his trek.