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Expeditionary project "POLAR RING"

Generations of explorers tried to reach high latitudes. The magic force of a polar attraction and desire to reach the North Pole, to go along the boundaries of continents and beyond, to find the new ways linking the Old and New World did not leave the mind of these fearless men. Norwegians and Danes, Russians and Americans, Englishmen and Italians, and many others overcoming incredible difficulties, risking their lives were walking into unknown in order to put new unexplored territories on maps, in order to open new ways connecting oceans and continents, maybe in order to meet new civilizations as well.

It is our duty keeping their names in our memory and in the memory of next generations. William Barents, Vitus Bering, Semen Chelyuskin, Dmity and Hariton Laptyev, Semen Dejnev, Eric Nordensheld, Edward Toll, Vladimir Rusanov, Georgy Sedov, Georgy Ushakov, Ivan Papanin, and hundred others, who have brought a worldwide recognition to their motherland in the area of study and development of northern territories by their selfless work.

On the border between Millenniums the most experienced Arctic travelers intend to follow the pathfinders’ steps connecting all continents of the northern hemisphere by a single route, which passes through the hardest-to-reach Arctic regions in Europe, Asia and America. The route will become a unique bridge between the nations populating the Far North of our planet, the symbol of the Decade of indigenous peoples of the North declared by the UN.

Our Project is dedicated to the memory of people
who has eternally connected their lives with Arctic regions.

The main expedition vehicles are “Snow Bugs” developed and made by Expedition Center “Arctic”. These vehicles were successfully tested in large-scale Arctic and Antarctic expeditions 1999-2003 and began to be widely used in Center’s projects.

The expedition project “Polar Ring” has four stages: from March 2002 till June 2009. Currently this project passes through its third stage.


About authors and organizers
of the expedition program "POLAR RING"


The Expedition Center "Arctic" was set up on the basis of a scientific and sports expedition in 1982. That expedition involved preparing and carrying out trips in the most unreachable regions of Russia's Far North, including the Central Arctic. The Center was established by the Russian Geographical Society and the Russian Pole Explorers Association.




 

The Center's origins began in 1979, when a group of people of great endurance and physical strength carried out ski trips in the northern part of Russia. These trips emphasized a maximum autonomy of the group. During each trip, all members could only rely upon themselves, food stocks and equipment carried with them.



Since then, these ski trek teams have covered more than 30,000 km along the Arctic coastline, islands, and drifting ice. About 150 people have taken part in expeditions of the "Arctic" Center. Twenty four people reached the North Pole during the ski polar expeditions. Some of them were on the Pole twice and one three times.

For the first time in the history Russian flag was raised in the North Pole on the 23d of April 1992, during the First parachute-and-ski expedition "Rainbow above the Pole". In 1994 a team of eight skiers managed to reach the North Pole absolutely unaided from beginning to end. In other words, there were no reinforcements, air support, evacuations, etc. and the entire group started and finished the trip as one. This was the first time in the history of polar trips that such a trip was accomplished.

Then, in 1998 “Arctic” made the next big leap – a ski team successfully covered the most difficult polar trek from Russian coastline to Canada through the North Pole point. That became a new world achievement of Russian explorers – members of Expedition Center "Arctic" – estimated by specialists in extreme trips and world sports society as one of the most unique expedition of the XX century.

Since 1994 the Center organizes annual complex international expeditions to the North Pole including sky-diving, balloon flights, underwater scuba-diving, skiing and other social-sports activities. Hundreds of sportsmen from more than 25 countries have made parachute jumps in the North Pole point during these years.

Expedition Center “Arctic” has been developing a new kind of vehicles – all-wheel drive cross-country vehicles with extra-low-pressure tires – “snow bugs” – since 1997. These vehicles were successfully tested in large-scale Arctic and Antarctic expeditions 1999-2003 and began to be widely used in further projects.






The first in Antarctic history, large-scale complex international non-governmental Antarctic expedition, called "Meeting XXI Century", was organized and carried out by ECA in December 1999 – January 2000.




During that expedition a whole series of world records was made, such as a mass sky-diving in Antarctica near Patriot Hills, the first in Antarctica history balloon flying, a high-speed 10-days roundtrip of “snow bugs” from Patriot Hills to the South Pole, the first balloon flying over the South Pole point, etc.




The results of the "Meeting XXI Century" Antarctic expedition was highly marked by UN General Secretary Mr. Kofi A. Annan.






The Center’s activities are supported by well-known Russian travelers, polar explorers and scientists such as Arthur Chilingarov, Vitally Volovitch, Igor Zotikov, Valery Lukin and others. The famous Russian traveler and presenter of the popular TV-program “Travelers Club” Yuri Senkevitch was our true friend and companion-in-arms.




In December 2000, the Official representative of the UN General Secretary Mr. Yuri Vorontsov and the Head of regional representation of UN Department for the drugs and criminality control Mr. Bruno Dato have presented a flag of the United Nations to "Arctic" Expedition Center.




Center's activities were highly appreciated by the world famous travelers such as Thor Heyerdahl (Norway), Edmund Hillary (New Zealand), Jeff Sammers (Great Britain), and others.




The Center closely cooperates with Russian Emergencies Ministry, Russian Olympic committee, Russian Antarctic Expedition, Polar Fund, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, Moscow State University, different scientific and research organizations, wide range of newspapers, TV-channels and others. The Center is also providing promotions of expeditionary and exploring activities, as well as video production based on unique video and photo materials.

 























 

History in brief

The history of discovery, exploration and development of the Arctic region, as we can suppose, goes back, far beyond Christianity. It is known that still in 320 years B.C. Piphee a Greek colonist from Massilia (Marseille), while swimming around the British Islands, has crossed the northern Polar Circle, probably becoming that way the first polar explorer.

Thousands of years have passed but humans still aspire for high latitudes, showing miracles of persistency, ingenuity, resistance, endurance and selflessness. Dog sledges and planes, dirigibles balloons and nuclear ice breakers, submarines and hot air balloons, skis and parachutes, the list is far from over, of all the means used to reach this mysterious point called North Pole.

Today, before setting of for this journey unique by it's goals, around the world polar trip, for which ground vehicles of our own device will be used, it is time to set a look over our shoulder, to remember all our famous and sometimes unknown forerunners, who have given many years of their lives to reach this goal, and at times life itself.

 

1893 - 1895
F. Nansen

O. Swerdrup

Norwegians F. Nansen and O. Swerdrup wanted to use the drifting motion of Arctic Ice to reach the North Pole on a specially constructed boat "Fram". After having been blocked by ice at north-west of New Siberia Island, they drifted for 35 months, reaching their most northern position at the coordinates of 85°57'N and 67°E.

Ī.Sverdrup managed to liberate the "Fram" from it's ice prison further west of the Spitsbergen, while F. Nansen and the lieutenant Johansen tried to reach the Pole by the Ice cap, moving on dog-sledge and skis.

Having reached a point at the coordinates 86°14'N, 98°E Nansen has made the decision to return south toward Franz-Joseph Land.

1897
Solomon Andre

A Swede Solomon Andre has tried to reach the North Pole by a Balloon from the Spitsbergen. It is known that he has reached a point at the coordinates 82°56'N and 29°51'E, were he was missing. Only in 1930 were recovered the bodies of Andre and his teammates on the Island Bely.

1900 - 1901
Prince Luigi Amadeo

Prince Luigi Amadeo, Lord Abbrutsky directed an expedition to the North Pole, who came to Franz-Joseph Land on a boat "Stella Polare". The captain Umberto Cagni sailed out on maps from the straight Teplitz and reached a point with coordinates 86°34'N and 65°20'E, which was 22 Miles further than F. Nansen.

1907 - 1909
Frederic Cook

The American Frederic Cook has declared that he reached the North Pole on the 21st of April 1908, having started from the Island of Axel-Heiberg and ended up spending in the Arctic about 14 month.

1908 - 1909
Robert Pyri

The American Robert Pyri has declared that he has reached the North Pole on the 6th of April 1909, after starting from a boat named "Roosevelt" in the vicinity of cape Sheridan of the Canadian island Elsmir.

1912 - 1914
G. Sedov

Russian expedition to the North Pole under the command of lieutenant G. Sedov. During the attempt to reach the North Pole G. Sedov has died on Franz-Joseph Land, and the expedition turned back.

1925
R. Amundsen

R. Amundsen and L. Elsworth have tried to fly to the North Pole from Spitsber-gen on two hydroplanes "Dornier". They have reached 87°43'N.
                       L. Elsworth                       R. Amundsen and L. Elsworth

1926
Umberto Nobile

Transpolar flight on a dirigible balloon "Norway" under the supervision of an Italian Umberto Nobile, the route was: Spitzbergen - North Pole - Teller.

1928
Dirigible balloon 'Italia'

Tragically flight of the dirigible balloon "Italia" under the command of General Umberto Nobile.

1937 - 1938
Papanin's team

The First Soviet drifting Polar station, "North Pole - 1" under the command of I. D. Papanin was unloaded by soviet pilots in the vicinity of the North Pole.

1937 Beliakov, Chkalov, Baydukov

Gromov

Transarctic non-stop flights from Moscow to America through the North Pole by V. Chkalov and M. Gromov.

1949
Medvedev and Volovich

The First parachute jump, performed at the North Pole by soviet parachutists and scientists V. Volovich and P. Medvedev.

1958

An American submarine, the "Nautilus", crossed from the Pacific ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, without surfacing, through the point of the North Pole.

1959

An American submarine the "Skat" has surfaced at the North Pole.

1962
'Soviet Komsomolets' submarine

A Soviet nuclear submarine the "Soviet Komsomolets" has made an autonomous sailing to the North Pole and has surfaced at the North Pole.

1968
Ralph Plastide

An American Ralph Plastide together with a team of four people succeeded in reaching the North Pole using "skidoos". They started from Canadian island Ward Hunt.

1968 - 1969
Wally Herbert

Wally Herbert

Wally Herbert, Major Ken Hedges, Alan Jill, and Roy Kerner from the British transarctic expedition were the first ones who crossed the Arctic Ocean by dog sledges. They were supported by aircrafts. They started from cape Barrow in Alaska on the 21st February 1968, and reached the North Pole on the 5th of April 1969 and finished on one of seven islands north of North-Eastern Land (Spitsbergen) on the 29th of April 1969.

1977
Nuclear ice-breaker 'Arctica'

For the first time a Soviet nuclear ice-breaker the "Arctica" has reached the North Pole.

1978
Naomi Uemura

A Japanese traveller Naomi Uemura has reached the North Pole by dog sledge in solitary, starting from cape Columbia (Canada).

Another Japanese expedition of ten people, under the supervision of Kaneshige Ikeda has reached the North Pole on dog sledge.

1979
D. Shparo's team

Seven Soviet skiers under the supervision of D. Shparo, for the first time, have reached the North Pole on skis, having started from Henrietta Island. During their trek they were regularly supported by aircrafts.

1981 - 1982

British Transglobal Expedition under the supervision of Ranulh Fiennes. The North Pole was reached from the direction of the Canadian island of Elsmir, using "skidoos". The movement toward Spitzbergen was mostly accomplished by drifting.

1988
D. Shparo's team

For the first time a ski crossing was accomplished from Russia to Canada through the point of the geographic North Pole. The team was Soviet-Canadian mix of 13 people, under the supervision of D. Shparo (USSR) and Richard Weber (Can-ada), and was regularly supported by aviation.

1987, 1989, 1990
Vladimir Chukov

For the first time the ski expeditions of Expeditional Center "ARCTIC" to the North Pole without aviation support on a route.

In 1989 and 1990 the North Pole has successfully been achieved.

1994
Arctica

For the first time the North Pole was reached without any support by a Russian team of skiers from the Expeditional Center "ARCTIC". It was a team of 8 people under the supervision of V. Chukov and Norwegian solitary traveller Berg Ousland. They started from the cape Arctichesky, in the archipelago of Severnaya Zemlya (Russia).

1995
R. Weber

For the first time the North Pole was reached on skis and returned from without support. It was accomplished by Russian and Canadian travellers M. Malakhov and R. Weber, they started and finished on the Canadian island Ward Hunt.

1998
Vladimir Chukov

For the first time a ski crossing from Russia to Canada, through the point of the geographical North Pole, was accomplished without support by a team of Russian skiers from the Expeditional Center "ARCTIC". It was a team of 4 skiers under the supervision of V. Chukov. Their route was: cape Arktichesky, Severnaya Zemlya (Russia) - North Pole - island Ward Hunt (Canada).

2002
Cross-country vehicle 'Chukotka'

The first stage of Arctic round-the-world expedition "Polar Ring" was accomplished by a team of Expeditional Center "ARCTIC" by all-wheel drive cross-country vehicles "Chukotka". The route of the first stage: Yamal Peninsula - Taimyr Peninsula - a mouth of Lena River - a mouth of Indigirka River - a mouth of Kolyma River - Aion Island - Pevek (Russia).

2004
Cross-country vehicle 'Toros'

The second stage of Arctic round-the-world expedition "Polar Ring" was accomplished by a team of Expeditional Center "ARCTIC" by new all-wheel drive cross-country vehicles "Chukotka-2" and " Toros". The route of the second stage: Yamal Peninsula - Taimyr Peninsula - Nordensheld Archipelago - Kara Sea - Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago - Dikson (Russia).

2005

The third stage of Arctic round-the-world expedition "Polar Ring": full-scale testing of the cross-country vehicles in drifting ice. The route: Vorkuta - Yamal Peninsula - Bely Island - Ob Bay - Yavai Peninsula - Sibiryakov Island - Dikson - Ob Bay - Yamburg - Noviy Urengoi.

 

The expedition project "Polar ring" is implemented in four stages:

The Expedition project "POLAR RING" is a part of the Complex International Expedition program "Road to the Third Millennium", dedicated to a historical event in which participate all the habitants of the planet in this new Millennium.

On the border between Millenniums, the organizers of the project "POLAR RING" have the intention to walk in the steps of the first explorers, going through the same ways, in order to link all the northern continents by the thread of one route, that will cross the most difficult Arctic regions of Europe, Asia and America. It will become a sort of relay between millenniums, symbol of a "Dialog Between Civilizations", a program supported by the United Nations.

The Expedition is conducted under the United Nation's flag, and it is the practical contribution of the organizers, of the participants and of all those who have supported it, to the program "Dialog Between Civilizations" accomplished by the initiative and under the supervision of the United Nations.

The expedition project is carried out in four stages - from March 2002 till June 2009.

In case of success, the Expedition will become the first round the world arctic trip, accomplished by ground cross-country vehicles!

Chilingarov, Chukov, Senkevich The program is supported by Council of the Russian Federation, the State Duma (Parliament) of the Russian Federation, The Ministry of emergency situations, Department of tourism of the Ministry of economic development, the Association of Russian Polar Explorers, the Russian Geographic Society, The Russia Chupter of "The Explorer's Club" (USA) and other organizations.

The honorary President of the organization committee has been appointed the Vice-Speaker of the Russian Federation Parliament, Hero of the Soviet Union, President of the Association of Polar Explorers of Russia, Arthur N.Chilingarov. Vladimir Chukov

The Expedition program is directed by the President of the Expeditional Center "ARCTIC", current member of the Russian Geographic Society, President of the Russia chapter of "The Explorer's Club" (USA), Honoured Master of sports, Vladimir Chukov.




The work on the project is being conducted by such Governmental and private organizations and entities as:

  • Ministry of the Russian Federation for Emergency Situations

  • Association of Russian Polar Explorers

  • Russian Geographical Society

  • Scientific research institute of the Arctic and Antarctic

  • The Russian Scientific research institute of a cultural and natural heritage

  • Fund of polar researches

  • Nautical Arctic Complex Expedition

  • Russian agency "Arctica-Geenex" and others.



The first stage of "POLAR RING" expedition
(April - May, 2002)

The first stage of expedition planned for April - May, 2002, is successfully completed.

The 6th of April starting from the Salekhard, the travellers in a number of 10 people, on four cross-country pneumatic vehicles "Chukotka", made a passage on a route lying as follows: Labytnangy station - Salekhard - Gulf of Ob' - Noviy Port - Kamenniy Cape - Tazovskaya Inlet - Antipauta village - Messoyakha - Tukhart - Enisey river - Ust-Port - Dudinka - Kaierkan - Norilsk - Talnakh - Piasino lake - Piasino river - Volochanka village - Kheta river - Khatanga - Bolshoi Begichev Island - Ust-Olenek village - Tiksi - Nizhneyansk - Ambarchik - Aion Island - Pevek.


The stage was successfully completed on 27th of May in Pevek town - in the most northern town in the World.

Salekhard
Salekhard Pevek
Pevek

The route team:

Vladimir Chukov
Expedition Director (Moscow)
Igor Smilevets
Vice-director logistics (Saratov)
Vasiliy Elagin
Mechanic, photographer (Moscow)
Nikolay Nikulshin
Mechanic (Krasnodar Region)
Ilya Freidovich
Mechanic, doctor (Moscow)
Vyacheslav Gosudarev
Science program Chief, radio operator (Moscow)
Vitaly Mazurkevich
Mechanic
(Minsk)
Ivan Kuzhelivski
Photographer
(Tomsk)
Afanassi Makovnev
Photographer (Bukhta Provedenia village)
Yuri Zaruba
Radio Chief
(Novosibirsk)

Participants of expedition have overcome distance about 6.000 kilometers, passing on the most remote northern area of Russia, visiting polar cities and villages, polar stations and the frontier posts, scattered on hundreds of kilometers from each other camps of reindeer breeders, winter quarters of hunters, and have finished the passage in the Chuckchee city Pevek - the most northern city on our planet. Here the vehicles has been handed to representatives of Chuckchee Autonomous region for its further use in district. Two machines have been handed to National park "Wrangel Island", and two others will work in Bilibino village.


 


The second stage of "POLAR RING" expedition
(April - May 2004)

The second stage of expedition planned for April - May, 2004, is successfully completed.

In the spring of 2004 the team of 9 people on four new cross-country vehicles overcome about 4500 km from Salekhard to most northern part of Russia – Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago. The trek was started in the capital of Yamal-Nenets autonomous region – Salekhard. Then, it passed across the Ob Bay along east coast of Yamal Peninsula, further to the east along coast of Taimyr Peninsula, through Kara Sea to Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago and back to Dikson.

The full-scale test of the new cross-country vehicles was carried out. Travelers covered the hardest way over the drifting ice of Kara Sea, including wide zones of ice-holes, cracks and open water.

The route finished in Dikson where the vehicles were conserved till the next season.




The third stage of "POLAR RING" expedition
(February - May 2005, autumn 2006, February - June 2007)

During spring 2005, the full-scale tests of the vehicles have been carried out in Kara Sea drifting ice again. The tasks of movement tactics in ice conditions, navigation, communication and survival have been covered that time.

The new stage of vehicle tests will be carried out in 2006.

In the spring of 2007 the team of 8-10 people on advanced cross-country vehicles again will take start in Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago. This time the route will go to Arctichesky Cape and further up to the North Pole.

From North Pole travelers will go to coast of Greenland, then - to Moris Jessup Cape, and further up to Canada. On the Canadian Arctic archipelago the route will pass from Alert village up to island Ward Hant and further up to Resolute Bay village (Magnetic North Pole), where the second stage of expedition will be completed.

Participants of the expedition should overcome the distance more than 7.000 kilometers, including about 3.000 km on drifting ice of Arctic Ocean.


 

The fourth stage of "POLAR RING" expedition
(February - May 2009)

The fourth final stage of the expedition will begin in Canadian village Resolute Bay, from which travellers on cross-country vehicles, which passed a way past year earlier from Russia to Canada through the North Pole, will move in a direction of coast of Alaska over straits of the Canadian archipelago.

Having reached Alaska and passed along her coast up to cape of Hope, travellers will cross Chuckchee Sea at northern of Bering strait and reach coast of Russia in area of village Uelen. Further the route will pass along coast of Chukotka and again will be finished in Pevek.


This way the travellers will close their route around the borders of the Arctic Ocean, along the whole of Russian shores, along the shores of Alaska, along the Islands of the Canadian Archipelago, along the Glacier shield of Greenland, and also having crossed the point of the North Pole.

This route, in the overall extent about 25.000 kms, will link the eastern and western hemispheres. Having crossed from Europe to Asia and then to Northern America through one of the most forbidding point of the planet - the North Pole.

 

Expedition Map



The High-latitude Technological Expedition

The "Polar Ring" Expedition is the first practical example of realization of the complex scientific-practical program, which has received the title the High-latitude Technological Expedition (HTE). This program is offered as a new technological method which will allow to use most efficiently capabilities and a wealth of practical experience, accumulated by Expeditional Center "Arctic" of Russian Geographical Society for more than 20 years of expedition activity in Arctic regions and Antarctica.


In cooperation with Expeditional Center "Arctic" our partners, in a number of which there can be the research institutes, the organizations and the structures which are carrying out the activity in remote regions of our planet, both large and small firms-manufacturers, funds and movements etc., receive a unique opportunity to solve the whole complex of problems, such as:

  • accomplishment of joint and own scientific programs on the subjects of researches;

  • gathering the statistical scientific data and other information during the expedition;

  • carrying out of tests of production in real conditions of high altitudes;

  • getting of the expert judgments, the conclusions, recommendations for using of those or other products in extreme conditions of Arctic regions etc.;

  • testing of actions in case of emergency situations occurrence in conditions of Arctic regions or Antarctica;

  • testing of a complex of educational programs for action in extreme climatic conditions of Arctic regions and Antarctica;

  • decision of marketing problems for more successful production promotion to the world market due to a wide advertising campaign, such as large expedition projects;

  • attraction of the public attention to the most actual universal problems which now are a drug addiction, terrorism, ecological disasters etc.;

  • itself declaration in the central mass media;

  • and a lot of other problems.

The movement on the route will be accomplished on pneumatic cross-country vehicles developed and made by Russian research-and-production company "X-Trans" (Expedition Transport Facilities) with according of Expeditional Center "Arctic" experts. Prototypes of these machines have been successfully tested in 1999 - 2005 both in Antarctica, on a route ending on the point of the South Pole, and in Artic region. The new advanced cross-country vehicles X-Trans-102 "Chukotka", "Chukotka-2" and "Toros" have well recommended themselves during "Polar Ring" expedition.

All the equipments used by the travellers are constructed with using the latest technologies and materials and are the conclusion of a long and careful study and the result of their experience of many years accumulated during numerous arctic trips and expeditions.

To determine of their exact location and coordinates the travellers will use the modern navigational equipment, allowing use of the satellites of the global positioning system (GPS). For safety will be also used the global satellite rescue system COSPAS-SARSAT.

The radio station of the Expedition Center "ARCTIC" with call-sign R3CA/0 will be active in all HAM bands.

For the first time in a history of polar expeditions the special satellite communication system for translatio of real-time on-line video from the trek will be used.

Participants of the "High-latitude Technological Expedition" program:

  • Research-and-production company "X-Trans", Russia, Moscow

  • "Territory" limited society, Russia, Anadyr

  • "Geotechservice-2000" company, Russia, Moscow

  • "Rover Computers" company, Russia, Moscow

  • Research-and-production company "Accumulator", Russia, Saratov

  • Association of the textile and light industry enterprises "Vostok-Service Spetskomplekt", Russia, Moscow

  • Research-and-production association "ESMA", Russia, Troitsk of Moscow Region

  • "Nizhnekamskshina" public corporation, Russia, Nizhnekamsk

  • "PLAZA" joint-stock company, Russia, St.-Petersburg, and others.

Information support of the Project carry out:

  • Press-Center of UN, the Russian representation;

  • The Broadcasting company ORT, the program "Traveller's Club", Russia;

  • The Broadcasting company "Novi Production", France;

  • Magazines "Around the world", "The Vertical world", "Club 4õ4", "Za rulem", "Moscow today & tomorrow", "Energy of East", "Northern expanses" and others;

  • Many central and regional newspapers;

  • Radio station "Mayak" etc.

 


Objects of the expedition

The expedition project “Polar Ring” has the following key objects:

  1. To make an important contribution in the fields of unique Arctic expeditions, study and developing of Far-North lands.

  2. To bring attention of international community to the Arctic global problems.

  3. To carry out a wide range of scientific observations and experiments on the instructions of the Institute of Oceanology as well as Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute on the program of the Third international polar year 2007/2008.

  4. To demonstrate the unique possibilities of a new cross-country vehicles type – all-wheels “Snow Bugs” with extra-low-pressure tiers.

  5. To bring attention of people, in the first place – young people, to the traveling world, sport, healthy way of living, solicitous relations to the environment, planet ecology.

  6. To carry out investigations in the field of a history and ethnography of the Far North regions.

“Polar Ring” expedition will be the first round-the-world Arctic journey conducted by means of the land cross-country vehicles.

There are the following main tasks of the “Polar Ring” project:

  1. Realization of the unique journey – the first in the history of Arctic – along the Arctic Ocean coastline by means of the land cross-country vehicles developed by Expedition Center.

  2. Caring out of a full-scale testing of “Snow Bugs” as well as the other technical means and equipment in extreme conditions of Arctic aiming their development and further usage as a ecological-safety means of land vehicles for Northern regions.

  3. Implementing of the real-time data and video translations from the trekking vehicles over the satellite and HF radio channels for scientific organizations and mass-media.

  4. Holding of a large-scale advertisement company in the interests of “Polar Ring” partners and sponsors.

  5. Caring out a series of exploring works for investigations and registering of the Russian North history and nature memorials.

  6. Accomplishing of a cycle of the medical and psychological investigations for theoretical and practical basis of human survival and professional efficiency in extreme environmental.

  7. Creation of video serial, publication of colorful photo-albums and issue of books described one of the greatest polar journey in the edge of millenniums, the history and current years of the Arctic, “Polar Ring” organizers and participants, as well as all companies, organizations and people who supported the project.

 

 

Candidates to the team for the third stage of
the Expedition project "POLAR RING"

The route and base camp teams will consist from 10 members. The suggested candidates are:

  • Vladimir CHUKOV (Russia, Moscow) - expedition head;

  • Alexander BORISEVICH (Byelorussia Republic, Minsk) - chief mechanic, photographer;

  • Ilya FREIDOVICH (Russia, Moscow) - mechanic, meteorologist;

  • Vasiliy ELAGIN (Russia, Moscow) - mechanic, photographer;

  • Oleg KAZHARSKY, UA3ATS (Russia, Moscow) - communication, navigation, IT, scientific program

  • Yuri EGOROV (Russia, Moscow) - communication, navigation, IT;

  • Afanassy MAKOVNEV (Russia, Moscow) - cameraman, photographer;

  • Igor SMILEVETC (Russia, Saratov) - base camp "NP" chief manager;

  • Yuri ZARUBA, UA9OBA (Russia, Novosibirsk) - base camp "NP" chief radio communication.

  • Victor POMELOV (Russia, Moscow) - chief supplier;

  • Vasily ZHUKOVSKY (Russia, Moscow) - manager of a household.

New candidacies for the third stage of the expedition could be submitted before 31th January 2006.


Address of the Organization committee:

117246, Moscow, P.O.Box 40, Russia
Regional public fund of support for expedition activities "ARCTIC" of the Russian Geographic Society
(Expedition Center "ARCTIC")

Tel / fax: +7 (916) 062-04-04

Å-mail: ec-arctic@yandex.ru; chukov@arctica.msk.ru

Web-site: www.ec-arctic.ru

 

Director of the Expedition program
President of the Expedition Center "ARCTIC"
Honoured Master of Sports

Vladimir CHUKOV

 

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