The Photo Exhibition of the Arctic Photographs
was opened in the town of Kaluga.
On October 20, 2003 Mr. Anatoly Artamonov, a Governor
of the Kaluzhskaya oblast, opened the Photo Exhibition in
Kaluga, and Dmitry Shparo dedicated to the Arctic expeditions,
organized by the Adventure Club.
The main part of the exposition narrates about the ascent
of the team of Matvey Shparo to the summit of Mt.
McKinley (6194 m). This unique ascent was made in May-June,
2002. The highest peak of the North America was conquered
by the team of mountaineers, which included two mobility impaired
persons with spinal cord injury, who use wheel chairs in everyday
life. Among participants of the team was Boris Smolin, a citizen
of the town of Obninsk, Kaluzhskaia oblast. The photographs
were made by Vladimir Velengurin and the participants of the
A large part of the exhibition is dedicated to a ski crossing
of Greenland, carried out by Matvey Shparo, Boris Smolin
and Igor Kuznetsov in summer 2002. Igor Kuznetsov, a disabled
participant (spinal cord injury) travelled along the whole
route (630 km of ice desert) in a special wheel chair, adjusted
to skis. The photographs, made by Sergey Metelitsa, give a
vivid overview of hardships of the expedition and mysterious
nature of Greenland.
One more section of the Photo Exhibition is dedicated to
the exploration of the burial place of Vasily
and Tatiana Pronchishchev, polar pioneer explorers, the
participants of the Great Northern Expedition of Vitus Bering.
This exploration resulted in the reconstruction of the true
lifetime images of the explorers.
Vasily Vasiljevich Pronchishchev is a native of the Kaluga
region. Last year one of the streets in the town of Kaluga
was named in honor of Vasily Pronchishchev.
One part of the expedition returns a spectator to the past.
The polar expedition of the newspaper "Komsomolskaia
Pravda" existed from 1970 till 1989. Dr. Dmitry Shparo
was its permanent leader. In 1979 the team of the expedition
for the first time in history of polar explorations reached
by ski the North Pole. In 1998 Dmitry and Matvey Shparo made
a ski crossing of the Bering Strait. For the first time a
ski-track connected Chukotka and Alaska, Asia and America.
This unprecedented achievement was registered in the Guinness
Book of World Records.
The "Italian Chukotka",
a Photo Exhibition.
On March 15, 2003 there was held an Opening Ceremony of the
Photo Exhibition "Italian Chukotka" of Stefania
Zini. The photo Exhibition was demonstrated at the Exhibition
Halls of the Pushkin's Museum at the Old Arbat.
The Exhibition consisted of the photographs, which were made
during the two expeditions of Stefania Zini to Chukotka: a
round the world vehicle expedition
in ZIL trucks (winter 2000), the co-organizers: the Adventure
Club and the ZIL automobile plant, and a special photo expedition
to Chukotka in summer 2002.
For more than three centuries and a half Chukotka has been
a part of Russia, but today it still remains absolutely unknown
to the Europeans, as it was three centuries ago, though its
area is larger than the area of any of the European State.
Even nowadays it is difficult to arrive here. Almost half
of the territory of the Chukotsky Autonomous okrug is situated
in the Eastern Hemisphere. Evidently due to this fact the
nature here has preserved its primeval look: the water in
the springs is quite pure, berries and mushrooms are edible,
birds and animals are not afraid of people.
But people of Chukotka are the main charm. Despite their
nationality they all are very hospitable, friendly and are
eager to help.
The Photo Exhibition "Victory on McKinley"
was demonstrated in the town of Kursk.
The Photo Exhibition "Victory on McKinley", dedicated
to the ascent of the team of Matvey Shparo to Mt. McKinley,
6194 m, the highest point of the North America, was demonstrated
in the town of Kursk in January, 2003.
The Exhibition, which was before successfully demonstrated
in Moscow and Ufa, Bashkortostan, was dedicated to the unprecedented
event – the first in history ascent of the Russian team, including
two mobility impaired participants with spinal cord injury
(who use wheel chairs in everyday life) to the altitude, exceeding
ascent took place in May-June 2002. This achievement had
proved that able bodied and disabled people could work together
in one team, once more demonstrated unlimited potential and
inner strength of people with limited abilities. The team
was officially congratulated on its victory by V. Putin, President
of Russia, Yu. Luzhkov, Mayor of Moscow and A. Mikhailov,
Governor of the Kurskaia oblast.
The photographs of Vladimir Velengurin ("Komsomolskaia
Pravda") and the members of the team presented a vivid
picture of this unique ascent.
Photo Exhibition "Victory
on Mt. McKinley"
at the Novy Manezh.
The photo Exhibition "Victory on Mt. McKinley"
was demonstrated in November 2002 at the Moscow State Exhibition
Hall "Novy Manezh" (Georgievsky lane, h.3/3).
The exhibition narrated about the ascent of the team of Matvey
Shparo to Mt. McKinley, 6194 m, the highest summit of the
North America. For the first time in history the Russian team,
including two mobility impaired participants with spinal cord
injury, who use wheel chairs in everyday life, made an ascent
to 6194 m.
ascent took place in May-June 2002. This achievement has
definitely proved that able bodied and disabled participants
can jointly work in one team, and once more has demonstrated
the unlimited potential and inner resources of people "with
limited abilities". President of Russia Vladimir Putin
and Mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov, the official patron of the
expedition to McKinley, congratulated courageous ascenders
on their outstanding victory.
The photographs of Vladimir Velengurin, a correspondent of
"Komsomolskaia Pravda" and the photographs, made
by the participants of the ascent, narrate about this unique
Some part of this Photo Exhibition is dedicated to the youth
ecological camp "Great Adventure", which exists
for three years. Hundreds of teenagers (boys and girls) from
different regions of Russia come to this Camp during summer.
The Camp is situated in the picturesque area of the Republic
of Karelia. The photographs, made by Oleg Karadzha, show the
variety of adventurous trips for youth and everyday life in
the Camp. Some photographs are made by teenagers themselves.
Photo Exhibition "Challenging
The Photo Exhibition "Challenging
Greenland" after its success at the Moscow Novy Manezh
had arrived in the Volgograd town.
More than 100 photographs tell
about Greenland, the largest Ice Island in the world, and
about the unique
crossing of a team of Russian explorers over it.
Besides the photographs, you
can see the equipment of the participants: a tent, skis, sledges,
a ski device, used by Igor Kuznetsov, a disabled participant
of the expedition. The visitors can see the items of the every
day life of the expedition. The exhibits present visual evidence
of all difficulties and trials, experienced by courageous
participants at the ice shield of Greenland.
At the grand ceremony in Volgograd
the Governour N.Maksyuta and D.Shparo opened the Exhibition.
After Volgograd the Exhibition is scheduled to go to the town
of Obninsk, Kaluzhskaia region. Then it will visit Petrazavodsk
and Ufa. If you are interested in organization of this Exhibition
at your town, please send us the information via our e-mail.
From November 3 to November
10, 2001 the Exhibition "Challenging Greenland"
was demonstrated at the Moscow Exhibition Hall Novy Manezh.
The exhibition was opened by the official patron of the expedition
– Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.
The idea of a ski crossing
across Greenland in one team with a disabled participant belongs
to Matvey, a son of a famous Russian polar explorer Dmitry
This daring and beautiful idea
was aimed not only to achieve a sport record, but it also
had a great social significance. Actually the challenge was
not only to Greenland but also to all our society, which treats
disabled people so cruelly and indifferently. The expedition
should have proved that disabled people have the right to
work on equal terms with able-bodied people even in the extreme
conditions. For this purpose Matvey Shparo, Igor Kuznetsov
(a disabled participant) and Boris Smolin passed more than
600 km in 43 days over the ice desert, struggling with the
Arctic cold, hurricane wind and numerous hardships.