Man hops through Winnipeg on pogo stick in eco-awareness world tour

A pogo stick is just one of the many non-motorized methods for a man making his way across the planet to raise more awareness about the environment. He hopped into Winnipeg on Sunday.

'It's going to be painful,' Markus Pukonen says

Markus Pukonen is raising awareness about the environment. He's also raising money for hundreds of non-profit organizations. On Sunday he made a stop in Winnipeg. (Pierre Verriere/CBC)

A man on a pogo stick is making his way across the planet to raise more awareness about the environment. 

Markus Pukonen hopped into Winnipeg on Sunday.

"I am a man circumnavigating the planet without a motor," says Pukonen, who is on day 96 of an 1,800-day journey, having left Toronto in July. 

He said the journey is expected to take 5 years.

"For the next five years I'm not going to get in a single vehicle." said Pukonen.

Pukonen is travelling 10 kilometres by stick in Winnipeg before leaving on a recumbent bicycle for Saskatchewan on Sunday night as he makes his way to the Rocky Mountains.

"It's going to be painful," he said.

He said once he makes it to San Francisco, he plans to sail across the ocean to Hawaii.

The goal, he says, is to raise money for hundreds of organizations "to make the world a better place."

"You may think it's absolutely crazy that I'm going to travel by a pogo stick," said Pukonen. "But if you think about it, what's more crazy? Me travelling by a pogo stick or everybody that's travelling by something that's poisoning our planet and ruining our future?" 

By Sunday, Pukonen had the pogo stick for four days. He said he's not certain his muscles are trained for the extended length of activity, but he was feeling it out.

Pukonen said once the snow starts to fall he will ski or snowshoe in British Columbia.


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