Our biggest risk will be encountering hungry wolves that live in the region," Conrad said. In the image Anthony Baird, 44, Hilary Dickinson,53, Conrad Dickinson, 51, and Alistair Guthrie, 36 - courtesy of the team (click to enlarge).
Northern Spirit Lake Baikal Expedition: Skating on dog food and chocolate chips

Posted: Mar 06, 2007 05:18 pm EST
(ThePoles.com) British married couple Conrad and Hilary Dickinson are back together on a polar expedition. Teaming up with friends Alistair Guthrie and Anthony Baird, they are setting off to Siberia next week, hoping to become the first British team to traverse frozen Lake Baikal, the worlds largest lake.

The team plans to cross the full 700 km (435 mile) length of the lake, starting in the South (Slyddyanka) and finishing in the North (Nizhneangarssk). They expect the crossing to take about 25 days, in temperatures around -20ÂșC.

They will harness the wind and kite-ski where possible, but will also use ice skates, crampons, cross country skis and and paddles for open water.

Each sledge will weigh 100 kg, and we will be taking all our food with us, which includes pemmican thats an adapted dog food recipe and chocolate chips, Conrad said. Our biggest risk will be encountering hungry wolves that live in the region.

I suppose I am the weakest kite-skier on this trip but hopefully I can make up for this lack of skill by being the main player in charge of the tent stoves and cooking, added Hilary.

Husband and wife team Conrad and Hilary Dickinson, from Northumberland, U.K., are set to be the first British couple to cross the worlds largest lake on skis, skates and snow shoes during the frozen Siberian winter. Conrad, 51, and Hilary Dickinson, 53, will set off from the icy shore of Lake Baikal on March 10 with two friends, Alistair Guthrie, 36 and Anthony Baird, 44.

The team plans to cross the full 700 km (435 mile) length of the lake, starting in the South (Slyddyanka) and finishing in the North (Nizhneangarssk). They expect to spend 25 days crossing the lake, which is 1,637m (5,369ft) deep and home to more than 1,500 species of plants, fish and animals.

In 2004, Conrad and Hilary trekked unsupported to the South Pole in 52 days, as members in a team guided by Matty McNair. They got a re-supply at the Pole, and then kite-skied back to the Antarctic coast.

In 2006 Conrad completed the fastest British unsupported North Pole trek in just 52 days, teaming up with Canadian guide Richard Weber.


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