Russians from the North Pole to land: cars crossed big lead, dogs crossed 88 degrees

Posted: Apr 18, 2013 07:28 pm EDT

(Newsdesk) Fyodor/Fedor Konyukhov and Victor Simonov, who left the North Pole on April 6 for Greenland, have crossed 88°N with their dogs. Today they covered a record 27 miles for the expedition even though the snow was deep, Fedor's home team reported. The Russian skiers had a positive drift of 7 miles last night.

Amphibious vehicles

After 5 days of battling the ice, the Russians car drivers crossed the huge pressure ridges and a vast rubble field caused by a big lead (open water). Today they have posted photos of the vehicles trying to move southwards to Canada, and the men "spending a whole day with crowbars in their hands for the destruction of pristine ridges of the Great Arctic Reserve," they reported on Facebook.

Update April 17, by Afanasy (translated by Bing):

"Five days ago a drift division line [lead and rubble] made us change our course from going straight to the South to the South-East. About 100 km of difficult driving along that line finished yesterday when we finally managed to cross it in its narrowest part."

"The drift stopped and the ice on the line concentrated well enough allowing us to cross a 70 meter wide strip of crashed and frozen ice balls. We are now on the South side of the drift line and are able to continue driving "Yemelyas" down to the South along the 71st western meridian aiming at Ward Hunt Island. The distance to the nearest destination is 420 km."

Arctic Ocean, Canadian Sector, N 86° 56' W 071° 12'
Temperature -16°C
Pressure 1014 mb,
Sun and no wind.

Matvey Shparo and Boris Smolin

The two Russians who had skied to the North Pole during the Arctic night, Matvey Shparo and Boris Smolin, had completed another successful Last Degree ski expedition (110km) with a group of Russian youth, between 15 and 18 years old, reported their fellow countrymen at Barneo Ice Camp.

In 2009 two amphibious vehicles of MLAE-2009, Yemelya-1 and Yemelya-2, reached the Geographic North Pole after traversing 2033 km from Sredniy Island in the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago to 90°N. This year Yemelya-3 and Yemelya-4 are used by the Marine Live-ice Automobile Expedition-2013 to attempt to go beyond the North Pole to Resolute Bay, Canada, 74°41′N, 094°52′W.

The Marine Live-ice Automobile Expedition-2013 (MLAE-2013) has started driving from the Russian polar station at Golomânnyj (N79° 33') on March 1st, where they greeted the border guards. After 37 days they reached the Geographic North Pole on April 6, 2013.

The 2013 team is Elagin Vasily (leader, vehicle designer and builder), Makovnev Afanasy (deputy leader), Vankov Andrey (driver-mechanic), Obikhod Vladimir (driver-mechanic), Shkrabkin Alexey (driver-mechanic), Kozlov Nikolai (doctor), and Isaev Sergey (driver-mechanic).

Yemelya is an amphibious vehicle designed for transportation over ice floes and thin ice of the Arctic Ocean. Its six wheels are dressed with special low pressure tires inflated to the mere 0,7 bar. The gross vehicle weight is under 1,5 tons while the total water displacement of the six inflated tires constitutes 4 tons resulting in the very shallow draft of the vehicle body in water - just 10 centimeters.

Despite the large profile and windage characteristics of vehicle’s body, its spinning wheels are capable of propelling at the speed of 2-3 km/h on the open water. The vehicle tows three single-axel trailers each loaded with a pair of 200 L fuel barrels and six 130 L plastic containers for food and gear.

Read more Yemelya specifications here.

Expedition links:

North Pole to Greenland blog Follow their daily dispatched in the live stream on ExplorersWeb and on the Pythom App.

Fyodor/Fedor Konyukhov's website

Fyodor/Fedor Konyukhov on Facebook

MLAE-2013 website

MLAE-2013 tracking

MLAE on Facebook

Barneo Ice Camp Follow their daily dispatched in the live stream on ExplorersWeb and on the Pythom App.

Canadian Ice Service

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Victor Simonov upon leaving the Geographic North Pole, 90°N.
Image by Ramil Sitdikov courtesy RIA Novosti, SOURCE
The car drivers preparing a road for the vehicles in the rubble field.
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