Climbing an iceberg is a pretty solid travel story to take home with you, so we really can’t blame these experienced climbers for making the attempt. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite go as planned. A group of explorers, including world-famous Mike Horn, were sailing the seas of Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic, when two decided to scale an iceberg.
They begin to climb using ice picks and boots with crampons, but soon the iceberg slowly tilts before completely flipping over into the water. Luckily, the explorers were able to escape before being crushed by ice, and the boat returned to rescue them from the freezing water.
Horn posted the video to his Instagram page with the caption, “Should not have eaten breakfast before climbing. We both survived.”
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This wasn’t exactly an attempt by foolish amateurs. Mike Horn is a famed explorer with over 30 years experience, and the other climber, Fred Roux, is likewise a seasoned adventurer and professional alpinist.
Horn details the circumstances surrounding the event on his YouTube channel and explains, “I am a professional explorer. I’ve been doing my stupid things for 30 years all over the world. I’ve had quite a few accidents but we always try to make the right decision at the right time, to come home alive… Even professionals make mistakes.”