Fedor is also an artist and paints his expeditions. Some of the images can be purchased on his website (Click to enlarge). All images courtesy of Fedor's expedition site.
Everest climber, artist and polar ace Fedor Konyukhov: Solo ocean circumnavigation complete
Posted: Jun 08, 2005 03:54 pm EDT
Fedor Konyukhov 53, gets the all around, all-star Explorers badge. Let's go through the tick list: An unsupported South Pole ski, supported North Pole crossing (three NP trips all together), crossed the Atlantic 12 times (once in a rowboat!), climbed Everest and the rest of the seven summits, four circumnavigations of the world in a sailboat (twice against the prevailing winds and once in a solo race around the world), traveled from Vladivostok to St Petersburg by bike, an Iditarod, and rode the Great Silk Path on a camel.
Today, June 8 2005, Fedor sailed into the Falmouth Bay and accomplished a round-the-world voyage, after battling the hardest weather conditions of Southern Ocean and Cape Horn, alone on a maxi-yacht normally operated by a crew of 10-12. Not somewhere in the Mediterranean either, but navigating a route also called sailing around Antarctica - as for the most part of the time the yacht, doubling the ice continent, sails in the South Ocean in the roaring forties and furious fifties, in prevailing winds.
In April-May 2006, Fedor Konyukhov plans to leave for Greenland. He is going to cross the island from east to the west, along the Polar Circle on a wooden iceboat (a trimaran on skis with sails). If successful, a more complicated and larger-scale project Crossing Antarctica via South Pole will follow. The goal is to, for the first time, cross the continent on a motorless vehicle using only the wind power; sailing through the three poles of Antarctica: the South Geographical Pole, the Pole of Relative Inaccessibility (a point equidistant from all coasts of Antarctica) and the Magnetic Pole.