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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Peak And Pond People

Courtesy of Eric Blakeley MBE, Jersey.

The Peak and Pond Challenge is a unique solo achievement by a highly exclusive club of adventurers who not only successfully summit the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, but who also swim across the most renowned stretch of water, the English Channel.

The members of the Peak and Pond - who include the following individuals:

1. Hugo Rodríguez Barroso of Mexico who accomplished the Peak and Pond twice. 1986 English Channel in 13 hours + 1993 English Channel in 13 hours 4 minutes + 1997 Mount Everest + 1999 Mount Everest + 2000 Mount Everest

2. Eric Blakeley MBE (Jersey) [shown above] - 2003 English Channel in 20 hours 30 minutes + 1997 Mount Everest.*

3. Georgios-Ioannis Tsianos (Greece) - 2009 English Channel in 9 hours 20 minutes + 2004 Mount Everest**

4. Bill Borger Jr. (Canada) - 2000 English Channel in 12 hours 11 minutes + 2011 Mount Everest

5. Boguslaw Ogrodnik (Poland) - 2014, English Channel in 20 hours 33 minutes + 2006, Mount Everest

6. Gabriel Viti (USA) - 2014, English Channel in 15 hours 50 minutes + 2010 Mount Everest*

* also completed the Seven Summits (the highest peaks on the 7 continents) and the English Channel

** also completed the Ice, Water, Fire Challenge

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The Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.

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