Christian Clot, explorer and researcher for more than 20 years, is a specialist in leading expeditions in very harsh and hostile environments. In 2016, he starts his new expedition named: Adaptation 4×30 days. It is a crossing of the 4 most extreme environments on earth to study the adaptability of human being.
The Dasht-e Lut crossing in Iran is the first expedition along the cycle of 4. Then, Christian Clot will cross in Patagonian channels (Cl) the coldest and wettest place on earth. The next step will be the Amazon, famous for its hot and very humid climate. Before concluding with a crossing in Siberia in the Verkhoyansk Mounts with one of the coldest and dryest climate on earth.
The crossing will last 30 days, with 10 days for rest between each.
Today, no one is protected against a sudden change in his own life: strong, and fully unpredictable, in its company or at home. We have to get prepared. That is why; we first need to better understand what our abilities, our tools, are to do it. It is the objective of “Adaptation 4×30 days”.
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The Lut desert (Dasht-e Lut) literally means the “Empty Desert”: a name that successfully conjures up this arid expanse of rock and sand that sustains no life forms. One of the hottest, if not the hottest place on the planet.
The entire Lut desert from north to south traversed on foot, pulling a small cart carrying equipment and food, over a distance (in a straight line) of approximately 500 km (280 miles) during the height of summer when temperatures are at their highest
Détroit de Magellan, Cape Horn conjures up images of storms and shipwrecks, the “furious fifties” at the ends of the earth that are best viewed respectfully from afar. One of the rare places where humidity can be high even in subzero temperatures.
30 days in a kayak, in the most changeable, humid weather conditions possible, sailing roughly 300 km (186 miles) in the channels of the Patagonian archipelago (storms require numerous stops). It will take place during the final months of winter in the southern hemisphere when both cold and humidity are at their most extreme.
The Amazon rainforest is considered the lungs of the plant, yet it is rapidly reducing in size due to deforestation. It remains the hottest and most humid area of the planet; an obvious destination for this expedition.
A journey of roughly 217 miles through the heart of the Amazon rainforest on foot and by canoe. It will take place at the start of the rainy season when heat and humidity rates climb higher and higher. Humidity disrupts sweating and is very complex for the human body to deal with, generating potentially high levels of stress.
There is nowhere, apart from the Antarctic, that is as cold as inland Eastern Siberia. The cold and isolation of this land, mythologised throughout history, are ideal for our studies.
The Verkhoyansk Mountains in Yakutia straddle the Arctic Circle and are the coldest of any continent in the world. We will ski across them, covering a distance of around 450 km, through mountains and icy valleys, just in the middle of winter. This ensures the extreme cold but there will still be a few hours of daylight in which to carry out studies