Cliff Diver Orlando Duque Raises Awareness for Climate Change; Dives Off Iceberg

Photo Courtesy: Andreas Vigl / Red Bull Content Pool

Orlando Duque is a force of nature in the diving world and he has used his position of influence to help highlight the rising danger of global climate change.

The Colombian veteran who won the inaugural Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in 2009, journeyed for 31 days to launch himself off a giant iceberg in Antarctica.

Orlando Duque dives during a trip to Antarctic on January 17, 2018 // Andreas Vigl / Red Bull Content Pool // AP-1VPMQMXYH2111 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

Photo Courtesy: Andreas Vigl / Red Bull Content Pool

Here is all you need to know:

– It began on January 5, 2018 when Duque, 43, left his home in Cali, Colombia for the beautiful landscape of Antarctica.

– He travelled 10,000km by air, sea and land to board a ship in Punta Arenas, which took him a further four days to reach the most mysterious and icy part of the planet.

– The trip was a scientific expedition of the Colombian Navy with more than 100 people on board the ship, the majority of whom were Colombian scientists.

– Duque, who holds 13 cliff diving world titles, searched for a large mass of floating ice which had the right characteristics to jump into the icy Antarctic waters.

Detail of an iceberg during a trip to Antarctic on January 17, 2018 // Andreas Vigl / Red Bull Content Pool // AP-1VPMQM38D2111 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

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– More than 15 people, including divers, doctors, nurses, cameramen, photographers, and wife Catalina, made their way to the giant iceberg aboard two boats.

– Armed with just a crampon, two ice axes and a 7mm thick neoprene suit, Duque ventured into the below 1°C waters and dived three times off a 20-metre iceberg.

– The 43-year-old, who treasures the memories of the humpback whales swimming freely and penguins’ steps in the snow, revealed: “The landscape was majestic. When I had climbed to the top, I had to hack off a chunk of the ice to make a stable space at the point where I was going to jump. My biggest fear at that moment was that a piece of ice would detach itself and that my dreams would end there.”

Orlando Duque dives during a trip to Antarctic on January 22, 2018 // Andreas Vigl / Red Bull Content Pool // AP-1VPMQNQF92111 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

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– The poles hold 75% of the water on the planet – the majority of which is in a solid state – which is exactly why it is important to look after these parts of the earth.

– Duque, who plans to dive in the Arctic next, added: “People need to be more aware. We have to reduce our oil and plastic consumption to conserve places like Antarctica.”

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3 Comments

3 comments

  1. avatar
    Jeff

    What was the estimated height of the dive? And the water temp? Just curious….

    • avatar
      Taylor

      The water was estimated to be at or below 1 degrees Celsius, while the iceberg was 20 meters tall.

  2. avatar
    Erick

    Yeah, let’s raise awareness by travelling 10 000 km, spewing more carbon into the atmosphere. People like him are actually the biggest carbon emitters.

    This guy just wanted to dive from an iceberg.

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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