Extreme athlete, photographer and environmental activist Sebastian Copeland talks about the dream, the inner drive and the focus on nutrition that is required to take on the challenges of an a Polarexpedition. Copeland’s dream started with exposure at an early age to novels and accounts of the golden age of exploration. His athleticism was born out of a passion and a desire for personal engagement. Copeland talks about how when he’s out on the ice, he has to be prepared to contend with freezing, cold winds, negative snow drifts that cause him to lose up to two-tenths of a mile for each mile he gains, and the 200 to 400 pounds of gear that he must pull on the sled behind him. He also discusses how he builds up the ability to trek from eight to 13 hours per day. Copeland points out that personal safety is critical on his expeditions and something as seemingly minor as a pulled muscle can mean game over in extreme, cold weather conditions. He prepares for the journeys on which he embarks with cardiovascular and core training, as well as hill climbing with a 100 pound vest. As for his diet, Herbalife24™ products have been an important part of his most challenging expeditions.
Sebastian Copeland, sponsored by Herbalife, is an extreme athlete, photographer, filmmaker, and environmental activist. He has led various expeditions to the Polar Regions. Sebastian spent six weeks in 2006 and in 2007 aboard a scientific research icebreaker in the Antarctic Peninsula. In 2008 Sebastian and partner Luc Hardy led a team of nine children from international nationalities for a month in the northernmost Canadian Arctic as the Young Ambassadors of the Arctic. In March 2009, Sebastian led a mission to the geographical North Pole. He and partner Keith Heger walked seven hundred kilometers to commemorate the centennial of Admiral Peary’s reach in 1909. Sebastian filmed the mission and assembled it into the documentary Into The Cold: A Journey Of The Soul. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to win multiple awards. In May 2010, Sebastian and partner Eric McNair-Landry left from southern Greenland to cross the 2300 kilometers of its ice sheet using skis and kites. They reached the northern tip 41 days later. They hold a new world record for longest distance traveled on kites and skis over one twenty hour period by covering 595 kilometers. Sebastian uses photography as a medium for activism and his personal commitment to fight for the protection of the environment has led to a seat on the Board of Directors of Global Green (the US arm of President Gorbachev’s Green Cross International) and a relentless pursuit of a sustainable future.
“The beginning of a long expedition is pure hell. Every step you take is painful, so you must arm yourself with patience and the understanding that the whole nature of this exercise is really about putting one foot in front of the other.”
“Herbalife has been a part of the most challenging expeditions that I’ve done and the products have become a really critical and ongoing part my diet.” - Sebastian Copeland