North Pole dogsled: Russian expedition from 90°N to South Greenland
Posted: Apr 05, 2013 08:24 pm EDT (Newsdesk) It ain't over yet. As with last year's North Pole season, this year have no skiers from land to the Geographic North Pole, but an expedition from the Pole to land.
One of ExplorersWeb's North Pole contributors shot over news about a Russian expedition. Fyodor/Fedor Konyukhov and Victor Simonov are to attempt a dogsled expedition from the North Pole to the Southern tip of Greenland, starting tomorrow, April 6th.
Yesterday they left by AN-74 from a village, Matrosy, located 30 kilometers from Petrozavodsk in the Republic of Karelia, where a special ceremony was held to see them off to Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Together with the two men, on the four-hour flight to LYB were 12 dogs, a sledge (80 pounds empty and 480 kg loaded) and a group of 25 people, consisting of travelers, priests, journalists, and organizers. After refueling in Lonyearbyen, the crew rested and the plane took off to the drifting Ice Station Barneo where they arrived on April 5th. Borneo's location on April 4th: N89˚ 30˚ 06, W152°.
From Barneo they will fly with MI-8 helicopters to 90 degrees North to start dog sledding.
Fyodor and Victir estimate to be traveling for 4 months covering approx. 4000 km. The sled dogs are bred in Karelia and were specifically trained for this expedition. Karelia is the only region in Russia where one of the World Cup stages in mushing is held, as well as other large international competitions in this kind of sport.
On April 6th, Fyodor, a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church, will conduct a ceremony at the North Pole before they leave.
Videoshot at Longyearbyen
Fedor Konyukhov has already done 3 full route North Pole ski expeditions: - in 1988 together with Dmitry Shparo and team from Cape Arktichesky in the first North Pole crossing without motor, dog, or wind support, 1725 km - in 1989 as part of Vladimir Chukov's team from Smith Island, 940 km - and in 1990 950km from Cape Lokot; he had no ski team mates but was assisted with resupplies (therefore no solo status).
In 1995-96 Fedor skied solo, no resupplies, from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole, 1130km.