The Youth Action "To the North Pole!"
mass Youth All-Russia Action "To the north Pole' will
be held at the same time with the record Expedition of Matvey
Shparo and Boris Smolin.
In April 2008 seven youths (girls and boys), chosen
among the participants of the Action on the basis of the Competition,
will travel 100 km (under the guidance of Matvey Shparo and
Boris Smolin) from the drifting station Barneo (89° N) to
the North Pole.
The girls and boys (15-18 years old) are invited to take
part in this Action (teenagers from the orphanages and specialized
correction schools can also participate).
In order to participate in this event it is necessary to
fulfill the two preliminary conditions: to have an experience
of active tours and to send the filled application form with
the answers to several questions.
The participants of the team, which will go to the North
Pole, would be chosen due to the results of a multi-stage
At the first stage the participants must every day dedicate
no less than one hour to ski training and no less than one
hour to theoretical preparation: geography lessons at school,
study of the history of the native region and the history
of the Arctic exploration. It is also necessary to take part
in the "Russian Ski-track" All-Russia Competition
on February 10, 2008 (in one's own region).
The winners of the I stage would be invited to Moscow at
the All Russia Finish of the "Russian Ski-track"
(17.02.2008) Competition. The Jury will nominate 15 candidates
admitted to the III stage.
The candidates admitted to the III Selection stage will be
invited to Moscow in March 2008 for careful medical examination
and a weekly training camping at the Youth Camp "Great
Adventure" in the Republic of Karelia. The training will
include a ski tour and the final selection of the seven participants
of the main group.
Seven chosen boys and girls will compose the team of the
Expedition headed by Matvey Shparo and Boris Smolin, which
will travel to the North Pole from the Russian drifting Station
Barneo (89° N) on April 13, 2008.
Safety of the Youth Expedition would be provided in the same
way as it was done during the dog sled Expedition of Prince
Allbert II of Monaco in April 2006 from the Barneo Station
to the North Pole (Matvey Shparo was a guide in this Expedition,
Dmitry Shparo was responsible for safety).
It is planned that the Youth Expedition will reach the
North Pole on April 19, 2008.
The members of the Jury, which will select the final participants
of the Youth Expedition, include famous sportsmen and public
figures of Russia: Leo Bokeria, a famous pediatric surgeon,
Vyacheslav Fronin, Editor-in chief of the "Rosiiskaya
gazeta", Vasily Kiknadze, Editor-in chief of the national
TV-channel "Sport" , Mikhail Malakhov, a polar explorer,
a recipient of the honorary award "Hero of Russia",
Irina Rodnina, the repeated Olympic Champion in figure skating,
Dmitry Shparo, a famous polar explorer, the Director of the
Adventure Club and others.
The Chairman of the Jury: Vyacheslav Fetisov, the repeated
Champion of the world, the Olympic ice hockey Champion, Minister