The Trilogy Between Chukotka and Alaska.
1996. The first expedition
and his sons Nikita and Matvey decided to cross the Bering
Strait by ski. During four days (March 16-20) the travellers
managed to cover 52 km along drifting ice. They sailed along
vast area of open water on a rubber boat. A she-bear with
bear cubs had visited the camp of the courageous explorers.
During the night (March 19-20) there begun a head ice drift
with the rate 3 km/hour.
The camp was drifted 150 km away, the skiers were carried
into open sea and decided to give SOS signal. At that time
there was a very strong wind at Chukotka and helicopters
and airplanes could not take off. Under such conditions
for the first time in history of relations between Russia
and the USA the Russians addressed Americans with the request
to render assistance and the US Coast Guard carried out
the rescue operation.
1997. The second expepdition.
Dmitry, Nikita, Matvey Shparo and Elija Novikov, a cameraman,
started from the shore of Chukotka on February 28,1997.
Elija Novikov got his hands frost-bitten and needed an urgent
medical first aid. He was evacuated. The second start took
place on March 7, 1998.
Nikita Shparo had twice plunged in water (on March 7 and
March 8). The stove and a ski were drowned. The explorers
called out a helicopter. They supposed that a helicopter
will evacuate Nikita Shparo. A helicopter did not manage
to find the group neither on March 10 nor on March 11. The
skiers resumed their moving.
The rescue helicopter appeared on March 13, when the group
was successfully moving ahead along its route to the Point
Hope, an American settlement The group was forced to agree
to evacuation as all financial resources allotted for possible
rescue works had been depleted.
1998. The first ever ski crossing of the
The mistakes of the two previous attempts had been taken
into account. Dmitry and Matvey Shparo explain the failure
in 1997 as the result of the following reasons: insufficient
mutual understanding between skiers, the headquarters of
the expedition in Moscow and the pilots at Chukotka. The
last year's mistakes have been eliminated in the present
expedition. Two base groups are organized: one – in Lavrentiya
settlement, Chukotka, and the other – in Nome, Alaska. Sergey
Yepishkin and Dmitry Vladimirsky, participants of the expedition,
will work at the Chukotka base station and the other participants
– Alexey Peskov, Elija Novikov and Thomas Gordon, a Canadian
citizen, will work at the Alaska base camp; Sergey Yepishkin
is the leader of the two base groups.
The communication between the skiers, base groups and the
headquarters in Moscow will be maintained by satellite phones,
passed over to the participants of the expedition by the
Norwegian Company NERA.
The groups of the base stations will work on the computers,
manufactured by Hewlett
Packard Company. These computers will provide the opportunity
to the members of the base groups to have charts of weather
forecast and also of ice conditions. The information will
be specially prepared and send by the specialists of Rosgydrometzentr
(Sergey Sokolov is the Manager of the Marine and Glacial