The team departed on April 6th. Fyodor and Victor estimate to be traveling for 4 months covering approx. 4000 km. Their sledge weighs 80 pounds empty and 480 kg loaded. 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.
Fyodor, a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church, conducted a ceremony at the Barneo before they left.