In 2008, Mike Horn met with Paul Petzl to discuss an entirely different type of project than his prior adventures. He presented the idea of bringing youth from all nationalities with him across the planet to discover the beauty and fragility of our natural environment.
A different type of project, but just as ambitious. During all the years of solo exploration, Mike Horn gained a unique understanding of our planet across all latitudes. He witnessed scenes of excessive pollution, climate change, and lack of respect for our natural biosphere, but also saw the symbiosis that still exists between flora and fauna in areas far beyond the world’s cities.
Mike Horn: explorer and expedition leader
The idea came to him to share his years of experience with future generations; they will have to shoulder and manage the environmental problems that we are starting to see today. By pointing out the damage created by our current behavior and the potential solutions identified through "Pangaea", Mike Horn would like to plant the environmental seed in the hope that these young explorers will come up with a sustainable approach to living on this planet. The project, called "Pangaea", brought together more than 200 young explorers from around the world, all between the ages of 15 to 20. The program ran for three years straight with twelve expeditions to the most remote and extraordinary places on the planet.
Petzl, official technical partner of the "Pangaea" program
Convinced by the merit of this unique project, Petzl signed on as an official "Pangaea" partner. As a manufacturer of safety equipment, the partnership consisted of helping Mike Horn, Team Petzl member:
- to organize certain stages of the expeditions via our international network,
- to ensure safety when the young explorers were moving through and over terrain familiar to Petzl, by providing equipment and training from high-mountain guide, Erwan Lelann, Petzl’s International Events & Sponsorship manager.
Today, the outcome has been more than positive
250 youth from 110 countries brought together through an incredibly close-knit network called, "Pangaea". These young explorers, having gone through such an incredibly enriching experience, are now putting their ideas together. They are working on projects as a group, planning actions, and responding to requests for additional projects… This "Pangaea" network is becoming increasingly active as the weeks and months go by. If, during the first few years, imagining some form of outcome was difficult, today there is an army of youth filled with hope and working hard to make a better life for themselves and the entire planet.
November 2008, “Pangaea” lifts anchor
December 2012, return to port
Full expedition list: Young Explorer Program
CHINA - MONGOLIA
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From "Pangaea" to "Panthalassa," the adventure continues
The first part of project "Pangaea" has come to an end. However, a broader network, and an even more ambitious project, called "Panthalassa," will now take over where the first left off. Mike Horn’s goal today is to establish one "Pangaea" center per continent, each focused on a specific topic such as water, social issues, coral…
"Panthalassa" will also be a new 70-meter catamaran type boat, pulled by kites and wingmasts, capable of carrying up to 100 people and allowing all types of research on the seas and oceans of the world..
For more information
- Presentation of Pangaea on petzl.com >>
- Mike Horn, Team Petzl member >>
- Mike Horn's official website >>
- The Pangaea website >>