Swiss explorer

Mike Horn

and his compatriot

Fred Roux

were direct witnesses on September 16 of a situation from which they almost did not emerge alive.

They were both in the


climbing a large mass of ice when they suddenly noticed something strange.

It was the


, turning in front of his nose to

sink into the depths of those waters


"We both survived," Horn has said from his Instagram account, but his final sentence is

"we will not repeat



The dangerous climb has taught them the negative path of "what not to do in the Arctic."

One of those things, "not having had breakfast before climbing."

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The shocking video landed on Instagram seven days ago, but it already has a whopping more than half a million views.

This is the short version, because he and Roux appear on YouTube, recounting

the details of that exploration in the Arctic

in an

extended version

in French.

"You learn a lot through the mistakes of others, so some of you can learn through the mistakes I have made, it can be useful," says Horn, who confesses that he had many doubts before publishing the images.

"I'm an explorer, I've been doing stupid things around the world for 30 years," he says, "I've had a few accidents already but we always try to make the right decision at the right time and come home alive."

"Guys like me do these things to feel alive, we are not there to die," he says, and explains how he and his partner came out of their latest adventure keeping a cool head, calibrating the risks and choosing the least serious.

Horn has been on ice for a year.

"I know icebergs can turn around," he laughs, "when you take a tonic and raise your glass to drink, you see the ice spinning."

The thing is, this ice was "a little bit bigger."

"Avoid bullshit"

The explorer hopes that the video will read as "what not to do in the arctic" rather than as "motivation to do the same."

"It's bullshit and if you want to live long you have to avoid bullshit."

The images, however, are worth a thousand words: eight minutes of video with the full moment of the sinking of the iceberg.

In it we see the two adventurers trying desperately to reverse the situation, with a quite logical conclusion:

"The water was a bit cold



"We moved away from the ice to be able to take better images and we did not realize that the iceberg was beginning to roll over, it was not noticeable from above," he says.

It was the ship's crew who warned the climbers with their screams.

"I dug my ice axes into the ice to try to get it to push me to the bottom in the direction of its movement," she describes, "fortunately, I was sucked in by the wave caused by the movement and when I could get out the iceberg had already fallen ".

Once in the water, the important thing was to stay calm and head out of the water.

"You don't have to do it, it's 100% silly, but assholes like us do a lot of bullshit."

"Nature is much stronger than man," he concludes, "I know that if I confront nature, I am the one who is going to lose out."

Horn promises to continue climbing icebergs, yes, always with a base of support on land.

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