Going straight to the point, Alex Bellini is an adventurer. He is clever, fearless, and ambitious. He has rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, run across the US, and skied across a glacier – all of it he has done alone.
Is he crazy? That, we do not know. Because now he’s planning his most exciting adventure yet – living on an iceberg… for a year.
Adrift, audacious Alex’s bold project involves a specially designed survival capsule onto an iceberg in Greenland. He plans to live inside it for up to 12 months, or until the iceberg melts – whichever comes first.
The purpose of his Greenland iceberg exhibition is to record the process of the melting of the iceberg into the sea – basically a documentary of the end of an iceberg’s life.
By doing so he hopes to highlight global warming issues and the consequences for Planet Earth – something that’s extremely relevant now that a large chunk of the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica has just broken off. The 36-year-old claims that the reason for this rather dangerous adventure is to explore, to know, and to try to understand how one can cope with unpredictable situations.
Alex has always felt the need to create a sort of isolation, a solitude by which he could enjoy loneliness. He thought that only in solitude could he find himself and explore his inner parts. He stated that his trips are about surviving himself – how he can cope with the weakness of a human being. “It isn’t a goal to go to the other side of the ocean. It is a goal to find myself.”
Once on the iceberg, he will enter a safety capsule designed to withstand waves. So Bellini will need to be prepared as the seats inside the capsule are equipped with harnesses and straps, and once he notices the iceberg is beginning to flip, he’ll need to get himself secured.
Should this adventure proceed, the aluminium capsule will be designed by a company called Survival Capsule, a company who has been designing these capsules for disaster zones, particularly areas that are vulnerable to tsunamis.
Bellini had originally hoped to begin the adventure by winter 2018. He says that funding issues are now hindering progress, with the adventurer still having to raise more than $500,000.
“If I was a train, I would say that I’m on the rails and I’m out of track,” he said. “So I’m hoping to get this carriage back on track and keep moving.”
“No one has ever dared live on an iceberg,” says Bellini.
He is nuts. But perhaps he can be the first.
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