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.

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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.

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