NAME: Ned Hastings
- U.S. Coast Guard Veteran
- High School Substitute Science Teacher & Biological Science Technician for the Army Corps of Engineers
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
- Swam 23.6 Miles in Priest Lake Idaho, for 14 hours and 24 Minutes
- Accomplished white water Kayaker
- Climbed the highest mountains in the continental U.S. – Mt. Whitney, Mt. Rainier, & Mt. Adams
Ned Hastings was on the front page of the Spokesman Review August 1, 2019
The “Mighty” Columbia River, Tri-Cities WA is where most of my Open Water Swimming is done.
I grew up with a strong swimming background, but I didn’t do a lot of swimming as an adult until I reached the age of my early 50s in 2016. It was only then, when a stranger approached me to help him train for the Waikiki Rough Water Swim. I made a new friend (my “H2O Bro”) and discovered my passion for Open Water Swimming.
In 2017 I was practicing kundalini yoga through Jai Dev Singh’s interactive website. During the fall 2017, I incorporated swimming to “Duck Island” for meditation purposes along with Jai Dev Singh’s 40 day “Magic Mantra” challenge. When the 40 day meditation challenge ended, I was inspired to begin cold water acclimation. I swam “exposed” without a wetsuit in the Columbia River all the way into January 2018. My 2017 Fall cold water acclimation process is documented in my Instagram Account “baltic_of_kaniksu.”
With a new and unexpected confidence in tolerating cold water and dealing with my own mind, I pursued ultramarathon swimming under the Marathon Swimming Federation’s rules and regulations. In July 21, 2019, I became the first person to swim unassisted and nonstop – Upper and Lower Priest Lake, ID, a 23.6 mile swim.
(No where to go but my own mind on Priest Lake Idaho)
(VIDEO – The Epic Swim of Priest Lake, Idaho)
(Conditions were great! Only 1/2 hour of boat traffic swells in 14 hours of swimming!)
(Barely past the halfway point. This was the worst part of my epic swim.)
(Wade Island – Pasco, Washington in the Mighty Columbia, December)
Air 32F/0C, Water 48F/9C
(I wish everyone could experience Columbia River sunrises in October the way I do!)
Learn more about Ned’s upcoming swimming adventures.
Visit: www.OWSwimmer.com or Follow Ned on Instagram >>
Seal Grinder PT was given a recent interview with Cold Water & Ultramarathon Swimmer Ned Hastings and is now available in this audio below: ( Click Play ) to hear some of the incredible stories about Ned’s 23.6 Mile Swim in Priest Lake, Idaho.
The Marathon Swimmers Federation develops standards and knowledge resources for unassisted-style solo marathon swimming.
Read More About Ned Hasting’s Priest Lake, Idaho Swim At:
The Marathon Swimmers Federation