The Highest Swim for the Highest Cause

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8 January 2020
Adventurer Dan Bull sits in a freezer to acclimatise for the weather to come
Picture Courtesy David Caird/Herald Sun
Ojos del Salado, the highest volcano in the world
Ojos del Salado, the highest volcano in the world

The unnamed lake sits above an altitude of 6,000m (20,000 ft) which would make Dan the first person in the world to swim above a height of 6,000m. The lake is located in an extremely hostile environment, full of ice, snow and other dangerous elements. The water is at sub-zero temperatures and Dan plans to spend only a few minutes in the lake for his swim, to minimise any health risks.  

So cold are the conditions, Dan will have to break open the ice where necessary, to create a swimming lane for himself. Expecting sub-zero water temperatures, in the weeks leading up to the climb and swim Dan visited his local butcher and sat in the meat freezer for intervals, to slowly acclimatise his body for what was to come. 

A strong advocate for empowering those in need, Dan believes in a world where everyone, everywhere has access to safe water.

Before setting off Dan said:

"I am facing some real challenges with this climb, hypothermia, dehydration, frostbite and acute mountain sickness, however I know what I am doing is for a great cause."

"Water connects every aspect of life and access to clean water can empower and contribute to improved health for people around the world, so to be able to do something extreme like this and raise to support WaterAid awareness for the work they are doing around the world is really important to me, and I will have that front of mind throughout the expedition," said Dan.

At the time of publishing, Dan is still making his way back down Ojos del Salado. Without any reception, not even satalite, the team at WaterAid and many others are excitedly waiting to hear about Dan's adventure.

Stay tuned for updates!