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nico_de_geit 11-12-2018 03:31 PM

Russian expedition across Antarctica


Text + Video: https://www.1tv.ru/news/2018-12-03/3...rez_antarktidu

Computer translation to English:

Today starts the first of its kind rally across Antarctica

Kirill Kleimenov: Today starts the first of its kind rally across Antarctica. Seven people are going to drive seven thousand kilometers without the possibility of restocking and refuel along the way. A unique material for a documentary film, which goes to Valdis Pelsh - an experienced leader-extreme, the author of the film about the conquerors of Everest. Now - Antarctica, but first studio program "Time". Valdis, hello.

Valdis Pelsh: Good evening.

Kirill Kleimenov: Well, how will it be? From where, where and on what you will go?

Valdis Pelsh: It will be diverse. We will leave the Novo-Lazarevskaya station at the Pole of Inaccessibility, and there will be several unpleasant moments, because there will be zones from which the rescuers will not pull us out, they will simply not reach there. Then everything becomes easier, we go to the geographic pole. Then - the Pole of Cold, there will be warm. Somewhere no more than minus 35, then - station Vostok, the famous Underground Lake, and then straight ahead to Progress and that's it. And we did what we planned.

Kirill Kleimenov: How much time for everything, about everything.

Valdis Pelsh: I would like a month, but hopefully not more than fifty days.

Kirill Kleimenov: Well, I correctly understand that no one ever did anything like that.

Valdis Pelsh: No

Kirill Kleimenov: I do not believe that you are not afraid. What are you most afraid of?

Valdis Pelsh: Afraid. We are afraid of everything. We are afraid, first of all, that there may be interruptions in communication, and we would like to inform and tell viewers directly online. We are afraid of the weather, we are afraid of breakdowns, well, we have half a ton of spare parts, so I hope we can handle it. We are afraid of psychological conflict inside, because we are driving in two cars, 50 days, which is called, elbow to elbow. And, in fact, probably, we are not afraid of anything, because we are going.

Kirill Kleimenov: Listen, well, it looks like a flight into space, right?

Valdis Pelsh: We compare ourselves with the discoverers of America. Because these are huge spaces, but this is not space, this is Earth. This is our land, and part of the way, we will be there first. Indeed, there has not yet been a person’s foot or wheel.

Kirill Kleimenov: Well, then answer the last question: why do you need all this?

Valdis Pelsh: Firstly, it is very interesting. It's really. Secondly, to go at the expense of the company to Antarctica, moreover, across the whole of Antarctica - they do not refuse such a chance. Well, and most importantly, you can not make a film about this continent, if you have not really felt all the charms of this vast expanses, and these frosts, and this height. Therefore, the eyes are afraid - the cameras chirp.

Kirill Kleimenov: Well, well, it remains only to wish good luck to you and all members of the expedition. Happily.

Valdis Pelsh: Thank you very much! See you later.

“We will start in a few hours, we have to load into the trailers, what we carry with us, including fuel - because we will not be refueling anywhere.

Most of all we worry about the first 500 kilometers, because the cars are loaded to the eyeballs. And we will need to climb the ice shell of Antarctica, it is more than 2000 meters and there we can meet ice cracks covered with snow, but we are prepared for this.

We plan to regularly tell you about what Antarctica is, about the history of human presence here, about how we drive, what we drive and most importantly, how we survive on this stunningly beautiful, but so cold and deserted continent. Wish us good luck and see you first, ”said Valdis Pelsh.

decim 11-12-2018 10:23 PM

Thanks for this nico.

decim 11-12-2018 10:25 PM

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nico_de_geit 12-12-2018 08:06 PM

Video 12 December 2018:

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Video + Russian text:


Text in English, computer translation:

December 12, 2018 21:35

Valdis Pelsh continues the story of the autonomous rally in Antarctica

Kirill Kleimenov
You are watching the program "Time". Most likely at home. And in Antarctica it is watched by my colleague Valdis Pelsh, who participates in the first autonomous auto rally on the ice continent in history. Seven thousand kilometers, seven participants. A fresh report - right now.

We covered about 700 kilometers. We go somewhere on average 16-17 kilometers per hour. Could go faster, but there are three factors. First: the machines are still very heavily loaded. Second: height is 3500 meters. And the third: we began to pass the so-called snow swamps. It is deep and very shallow, it is like dust, like snow flour, in which the wheels begin to slip and the machine stands still.

We are saved by the fact that we have 6x6 all-wheel drive and low pressure cylinders. Vasily Elagin - the creator of "Emelya" - claims that if such a wheel hits a person, he will not feel pain. And now we all dream of hitting him.

Well, in general, we broke. In the morning there was a leak of oil in the gearbox. This is unpleasant, and in Antarctica it is impossible at all, because it is impossible for oil to drip onto the ground. Eliminated. Then we learned: water got into the fuel system. Probably during refueling in a blizzard. Eliminated.

Then the red car became cluttered. Eliminated. And at the end of the day we break the trailer. Eliminate. I hope that we will finish within an hour and have time today to go another 30-35 kilometers. We fly out of the schedule. Well, nothing catch up. And the driver has been working for 10 hours in the cold.

I can not say that we brought the culture of the latest electronic gadgets to Antarctica. But we are equipped with the latest technology. We have the opportunity via satellite to send videos about our journey, even though every day. Well, naturally, via satellite, we can call.

And we have a GPS tracker that determines our location to the one hundredth of a second. I mean the hundredth of a second in geographic coordinates. There is a red button here. SOS - if something happens to us, we press this button, and the whole world will know that we need help, come quickly. And we have an electronic animometer - a device for measuring wind strength. This is the most useless and unnecessary device on our board. Because whatever the force of the wind, we will still move forward!

Valdis Pelsh

JumpRogue 13-12-2018 02:48 AM

Antarctica really is over rated

screamingeagle 13-12-2018 06:39 AM


Originally Posted by JumpRogue (Post 1063051521)
Antarctica really is over rated

maybe but its the first place i would like to visit and see it in person

so topic and adventure like this.......i say bring it on :cheerleader:

nico_de_geit 13-12-2018 08:25 AM

Youtube video - 5 December 2018


Youtube video - 8 December 2018


Youtube video - 11 December 2018


eurosianguy 13-12-2018 08:30 AM


Originally Posted by JumpRogue (Post 1063051521)
Antarctica really is over rated

I would say it's really over frozen.

What an adventure. I hate cold weather so I would pass on an opportunity like that, but I tip my hat to these people.

Wonder when they reach the ice wall and the guard penguins :lol:

JumpRogue 13-12-2018 08:45 AM


Originally Posted by eurosianguy (Post 1063051543)

Wonder when they reach the ice wall and the guard penguins :lol:

The penguins with the guns? Or the other ones?

decim 13-12-2018 04:08 PM

Word on the ice is, there's an Emperor Penguin.

nico_de_geit 15-12-2018 08:31 AM

15 December 2018

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Video + Russian text: https://www.1tv.ru/news/2018-12-15/3...h_v_antarktide

Same video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kgeo53a5MA

Computer translation into English:

Valdis Pelsh told viewers of Channel One about his new adventures in Antarctica

Survive, enjoy the beauty of the icy continent and once again survive is the motto that can be adopted by the participants of the first autonomous rally in Antarctica. Today, Valdis Pelsh told about how many kilometers are behind, what happened to his colleagues because of too dry air, and actually shows what he has to endure cold and constant headaches piercing to the bone.

Comrades, viewers, allow me to make a preliminary report! Passed 1,200 kilometers, consumed a ton of fuel, ate only 42 from the 77 kilograms of products laid at the norm. Mountain sickness leads with all the ensuing consequences: headache, Cheyne-Stokes breathing, lack of appetite. That's where, by the way, come from 42 kilograms. Bleeding of the nasopharynx is in the second place, because the air is very dry and the height is 3600. And isolated cases of diarrhea and stomatitis shared the third place, we will not name the names.

And now about the beautiful: we decided to change our route and go past the Plateau station, this is an American station, abandoned by people in 1969. Over the past 50 years, I think a person has probably been to this area, probably 10.

If there is something interesting, we will definitely show you. Well, since the nightingale does not feed fables, see our story, which we shot on the first day of our stay on the Antarctic mainland:

- relatively close to Novolazarevskoye station, well, “comparatively” by Antarctic standards, in 150 kilometers there is the mountain massif Voltat and two vertical peaks of Hultan and Ulmitan. It seems that a huge spacecraft crashed somewhere here, and this is the spray from the explosion. The mountains that surround this array are absolutely standard in shape. But there are nowhere else in Antarctica.

Valdis Pelsh

nico_de_geit 15-12-2018 08:51 AM

Dutch expedition to Antactica: a person built a solar driven car from scrap materials. It is not going as planned, not enough sunshine, hard wind, cold.

Video + text in Dutch: https://www.hartvannederland.nl/nieu...op-antarctica/

Text in English:

Team Clean2Antarctica is stuck in a life-threatening area in Antarctica

The team of Clean2Antarctica had to temporarily stop the trip to the South Pole due to bad weather conditions. The team is currently driving through the crevasse area, which means they have to be extra careful. Crevasse are deep cracks in the ice that are covered with snow. An error can be fatal and therefore the team in this area is extra careful.

The Clean2 Antarctica project is a unique expedition towards the South Pole and back again. Expedition leader Edwin ter Velde undertakes this together with his wife Liesbeth. The expedition members ride on Antarctica with their self-built car of waste plastic that runs on solar energy. The trip to the South Pole and back will take about forty days.

The goal of the Clean2Antarctica project is to inspire people to throw away less and to take better care of our planet. Edwin and Liesbeth ter Velde strive for a more circular society and we can only create that together.

eurosianguy 15-12-2018 09:03 AM


Originally Posted by JumpRogue (Post 1063051544)
The penguins with the guns? Or the other ones?

They all have guns. :lol:

Sorry for the off topic Nico.

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