Fedor Konyukhov

Expedition update from 22.04.2013

“We are staying put today. The snowstorm is horrendous with the visibility close to zero.  It got us good; we’ve been stuck here for 24 hours. Right now it’s the end of the day and the wind is finally starting to subside.  However, we just finished feeding the dogs and cannot start running.  The snow has completely covered all the large and small ice cracks, and we’ll have to be extremely careful once we resume our journey.  The bear has disappeared somewhere as soon as the storm had arrived.  We still had our shotgun (12 mm caliber) ready, and took turns sleeping.  Our coordinates haven’t changed much; the sea ice is minimal.  Another day had passed, but with no results.  Victor and I look at this pause as a mini- break for our dogs which will do them good.  On our right side a large polynya has spread its waters for 20 km south.  There is no other choice but to move along the polynya, thankfully, it’s along our route and we don’t have to wait to cross it.” 

Expedition is using satellite tracking beacons – Yellow Brick. Current position is here: http://yb.tl/konyukhov