An internationally renowned adventurer and founder of the Pangaea Expedition; Mike Horn educates youth about environmental issues while traveling the world.
Prior to the formation of the Young Explorers program, Mike began, what it called, the Amazon Expedition in 1997. Without any form of motorized transport, Mike traversed the entire South American continent alone. Starting at the source of the Amazon River, Mike navigated its entire length using a hydrospeed (a human powered flotation device), hunting for food to survive and resting on the Amazon’s riverbanks at night.
Additionally, Mike circumnavigated the globe without any motorized transport, starting in 1999 and ending 18 months later. This expedition thrust Mike into the worldwide spotlight and won him the 2001 Laureus World Alternative Sportsperson of the Year Award as well as an invitation for an audience with Pope Jean-Paul II at the Vatican in Rome.
As similar journey around the Arctic Circle beginning 2002 (lasting 2 years) won him the 2005 Laureus World Alternative Sportsperson of the Year Award.
In 2007, Mike became a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy in recognition of his ground-breaking achievements.