Fjord Swimmer bound for swimming expedition in Nepal

Terje Eggum takes the plunge in his home training ground: the Sognefjord Norway.
Photo: Bernt Skogsrud

Terje Eggum (58) keeps fit with cold water swimming in Finland
Photo: Mariia Yjrö Koskinen

Terje Eggum (58) from Leikanger, Norway, is flying to Kathmandu via London on Saturday 8 May. He is then heading on to set up camp in the Mount Everest region of Nepal. The energetic member of Sogn Fjord Swimming Club will be participating in an expedition centering around a lake 5500 metres above sea level.The expedition is Lewis Gordon Pugh's latest attempt to achieve the "impossible", and Eggum will be joining the Mount Everest Swim Expedition as expedition photographer and journalist.

Pugh's adventurous attempt to complete a long distance swim at altitude will take place at Lake Pumori. The temperature of the lake water is expected to be zero degrees. This is no problem for either Eggum or Pugh. Both are experienced in swimming in cold water. Pugh has set records for long distance swims in both Antarctica and the North Pole.

Eggum, too, is a cold water swimmer. An avid member of Sogn Fjord Swimming Club, he recently represented Norway in the Winter Swimming World Championships 2010 in Lake Bled, Slovenia. He was awarded the bronze medal in his age group.

"The real challenge on this expedition will be faced by Lewis," says Eggum" he will have to work hard to complete a long distance swim at high altitude where the air is so thin".

Read more about the expedition on Lewis' blogg: http://lewispugh.posterous.com/