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The Arctic stage of the Transglobal expedition: the team arrived at Resolute Bay, the last residential point before crossing to the North Pole

North Pole. The Transglobal Car Expedition continues despite the fact that one of its leaders, Alexander Abramov, had to leave it for a while due to the lawlessness of the Canadian authorities. From the Diary: February 28-29, 2024 We were prepared ... read more

The Transglobal Car Expedition continues despite the fact that one of its leaders, Alexander Abramov, had to leave it for a while due to the lawlessness of the Canadian authorities.

 From the Diary:

February 28-29, 2024

We were prepared for big challenges on the ice, but by good planning from our ice team and great images and data from Siku.org, we were able to navigate to relatively good flat ice with only a handful of difficult pressure ridges.

 On the Day 50 we've covered just over 200km incredibly fast. We had to cross a couple of large pressure ridges including with the fording ladders - a really technical challenge.

 However, we made it to Resolute Bay in early afternoon on February 29. We will spend a couple of days here in the lodge doing small repairs then head north. This will be the last community we will see for about two months until we cross over the North Pole and get to the south end of Greenland. There were great days with some very smooth ice and only one small mechanical issue. The team stopped northwest of King William Island near the coordinates where the Franklin Expedition ships were beset by ice for two winters and eventually abandoned in 1848. We observed a moment of silence for the lost 129 men and flew the Explorers Club flag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Arctic stage of the Transglobal expedition has begun, the team is going to the North Pole on all-terrain vehicles "Emelya"

North Pole. On February 22, at 14: 00, the Transglobal team of 13 people on all-terrain vehicles "Emelya" started from Cambridge Bay in the direction of Resolute Bay and further to the North Pole. Thus, began the Arctic stage of the Transglobal ... read more

On February 22, at 14: 00, the Transglobal team of 13 people on all-terrain vehicles "Emelya" started from Cambridge Bay in the direction of Resolute Bay and further to the North Pole. Thus, began the Arctic stage of the Transglobal expedition. The team mastered the technique, overcoming the first kilometers of the route in difficult conditions, with strong winds and almost zero visibility in the white haze. They had to do some maintenance on the trailers along the way, but overall, everything is going well. The satellite image shows that gray, uneven ice awaits ahead, which means slow driving. We inflated the tires manually to prepare for icing.

The first stage of the expedition was by car and ended in the settlement of Cambridge Bay in the far north of Canada. Here the team received a warm, cordial welcome - the local authorities staged a real celebration. The cars from here set off on their way back, and the expedition transferred to Emel's all-terrain vehicles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

News of the Transglobal Car Expedition project. The main team crossed the Arctic Circle, the second stage began the Arctic!

North Pole. The Transglobal Car Expedition continues despite the fact that one of its leaders, Alexander Abramov, had to leave it for a while due to the lawlessness of the Canadian authorities. The Canadian town of Yellowknife has long been a ... read more

The Transglobal Car Expedition continues despite the fact that one of its leaders, Alexander Abramov, had to leave it for a while due to the lawlessness of the Canadian authorities.

The Canadian town of Yellowknife has long been a landmark for the expedition. After all, it meant the completion of the first stage of the global journey, the "USA – Canada" stage. Here, in the last great stronghold of civilization, the team spent more than 10 days. It was impossible otherwise, it was necessary to thoroughly prepare for the most difficult and problematic part of the entire super route, the "Arctic" stage. In Yellowknife, in particular, they bought a large amount of frozen fish, traditional for polar travel.

The team left Yellowknife on the morning of February 8th. After about 100 kilometers, the trees finally disappeared, the expedition came into the untouched tundra. There are no roads here anymore. They drove a little more and set up camp just in the middle of a snowy desert. This was the beginning of the second stage.

In the following days, the target was the village of Nunavut. The cars got stuck in deep snow several times, and we had to use winches.

There were sunny, beautiful days in the Arctic tundra, and by evening the temperature dropped to -32 °C. All participants are in a good mood – the main team is heading to the meeting place with Yemeli's team. On February 11, the expedition crossed the Arctic Circle. It's very serious.…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexander Abramov celebrated his 60th birthday at the Canadian border. He was not allowed to continue without explanation

Alexander Abramov, President of the 7 Summits Club, reports from the USA: Wow, that was a birthday! 60 years, anniversary. You won't believe who you tell. It doesn't happen that way. The day started very optimistically. The sun was ... read more

Alexander Abramov, President of the 7 Summits Club, reports from the USA:

Wow, that was a birthday! 60 years, anniversary. You won't believe who you tell. It doesn't happen that way. The day started very optimistically. The sun was shining and minus 25.

The plan was to visit first the American base in Minot. Then drive to Canada and celebrate my birthday there. We even ordered a cake and a restaurant.

Our caravan was stopped at the border with Canada. At 8 hours from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., we were checked, interrogated, all cars were carefully checked and the contents of all computers and phones were checked. Since we were already late for the restaurant, we celebrated my DR right at the border control with a performance of the Happy Birthday.

 The interrogation was going on for 8 hours. We each answered 100 questions. The funniest one was: what are my connections with the Russian Geographical Society?

And as a final point and an anniversary gift, I was given a document stating that my visa was suspended on January 12, which I should have been informed about. But they did not inform and did not name the reasons. But I can't enter Canada.

 I mean, I can't go to the North Pole. The showdown lasted several hours. Saying goodbye to the team, we hugged. As a result, Kostya Vasenko took me to the town of Minot, 150 km from the border. There is an airport there. And now it's 3 a.m. It's all so sudden.

Now I'm lying on the bed and slowly blinking away the gifts of fate for 60 years. What's it? Leap year or a gift of fate? We'll wait and see.

I'm looking at tickets to Iguassu Falls right now. Departure is in 4 hours. And what, you need to cheer up somehow.... Go ahead! The adventure continues!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Alexander Abramov, as part of the Transglobal expedition, drove through the famous city of Fargo, approached the Canadian border and his anniversary

Alexander Abramov, President of the 7 Summits Club, reports from the USA: Today was an exciting day. We left Minneapolis. Then we drove towards the Canadian border. We stopped to have a snack and refuel in the city of Fargo, which is ... read more

Alexander Abramov, President of the 7 Summits Club, reports from the USA:

Today was an exciting day. We left Minneapolis. Then we drove towards the Canadian border. We stopped to have a snack and refuel in the city of Fargo, which is famous for the movie and TV series "Fargo". This movie is black humor. People are constantly being killed there. And all this happens in winter in a blizzard. That's right. A blizzard immediately began and it became creepy. After all, films are not made just like that. But overall, it was a beautiful day.

I went to Gym in the evening. 10 km uphill on a treadmill and an hour of strength exercises restored confidence and strength. We drive for 7-8 hours every day and movement is necessary in order not to freeze in the driver's position forever.

Tomorrow is the Canadian border and my anniversary. We will celebrate the anniversary in the USA in the morning and celebrate it in Canada in the evening. 60 years after all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexander Abramov and his friends from the Transglobal expedition arrived in Minneapolis. The frost is getting stronger, and the team is moving further north

Alexander Abramov, President of the 7 Summits Club, reports from the USA: Today we left Chicago and it was a hard day. We drove more than 600 km to Minneapolis on icy roads. The temperature is already -23 degrees. In the morning, the ... read more

Alexander Abramov, President of the 7 Summits Club, reports from the USA:

Today we left Chicago and it was a hard day. We drove more than 600 km to Minneapolis on icy roads. The temperature is already -23 degrees. In the morning, the non-freezing liquid in the window washers froze. We had to stop and warm it up with boiling water at the gas station. We bought a new liquid at -37C.

The whole road is littered with long tracks that have flown into a ditch. These are the consequences of bad weather and a snow-covered highway. We drove carefully. No more than 120 km per hour and discussed how best to drive 4x4 or how?

Minneapolis surprised me. It's a nice huge, but kind of homely city.

In the evening, we also managed to drive to a REI store. We bought equipment for the spring Everest and summer K2. In the evening there is a Japanese restaurant.

I need to sleep, because in the morning at 6:30 I have to go to the gym. Constantly driving, the body grows stout and weak. We need a load.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexander Abramov, as part of the Transglobal expedition, overcame another section of the route, the group arrived in Chicago. Extreme cold reigns in America

Alexander Abramov, President of the 7 Summits Club, reports from the USA: The wind was blowing so hard outside all night that I thought it was the air conditioner roaring. Today was an interesting day. Kostya Vasenko and I got up at 6:30 ... read more

Alexander Abramov, President of the 7 Summits Club, reports from the USA:

The wind was blowing so hard outside all night that I thought it was the air conditioner roaring. Today was an interesting day. Kostya Vasenko and I got up at 6:30 a.m. Let's go to Gym. We worked out for an hour before breakfast. At 9 a.m. we went out to the cars. They're all in ice. The doors barely opened.

Go. The track is in ice. They gradually accelerated. Today there was a section of about 500 km between Detroit and Chicago. There were at least 10 cars lying on the roadsides, which had already flown off the highway. Tinsmith's Day. Before reaching Chicago, about 100 kilometers away, such a case occurred.  Either drunk or stoned, an African-American with dreadlocks and a Lancer was driving in the left lane. It looks like it's caught on a snow bank. He started spinning on the road. And smoothly demolish it in the right row. In which our column was traveling. He flew straight into the car where Lesha Safonov and Vasya Shakhnovsky were sitting. Lesha managed to slow down, and the torpedo flew between the first and second cars into a ditch. To be honest, it was sooo dangerous. On an icy road, he could just push the car into a ditch. They didn't have time to film it, of course. But it's imprinted on my brain. Everyone is alive. 

Since we arrived in Chicago early, we decided to take a ride through the center. We saw the third bridge, under which the brothers from the movie Brother 2 met. Actually, it was a fun trip.

We're going to Minneapolis tomorrow. It's already minus 20. And in Yellow Knife, the intermediate finish of our race, it is already minus 35.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Transglobal expedition spent a day in Detroit, the capital of the American automotive industry, visited the Ford plant and got caught in a snowfall

Alexander Abramov, President of the 7 Summits Club, reports from the USA: Today was a wonderful day of rest in Detroit. Detroit is the city where the main American automobile plants of Ford and General Motors companies are located. The ... read more

Alexander Abramov, President of the 7 Summits Club, reports from the USA:

 Today was a wonderful day of rest in Detroit. Detroit is the city where the main American automobile plants of Ford and General Motors companies are located. The Transglobal Car expedition rides on Ford Expedition cars. That's why today we visited the Ford factory and Museum. We saw the first conveyor in the history of mankind and compared it with a modern conveyor. Correspondents from Fox News and other television channels also came. To get an interview.

In the morning it was dry and the grass. But in the middle of the day it started snowing, now it's 20-30 cm. Traffic jams formed everywhere at once. It is unclear how to go tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the second day of the Transglobal Car Expedition, 564 kilometers were overcome, the team arrived in Detroit to visit Ford

The second day of the Transglobal Automobile Expedition has been successfully completed. The team has arrived in the most automobile city in the world, Detroit! 564 km were covered in a day. On the way, we made a short hike to the waterfall ... read more

The second day of the Transglobal Automobile Expedition has been successfully completed. The team has arrived in the most automobile city in the world, Detroit! 564 km were covered in a day. On the way, we made a short hike to the waterfall in the beautiful Cuyahoga National Park in Ohio. The group will spend tomorrow in Detroit, near the Ford World headquarters, the Henry Ford Museum and Michigan Central Station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Transglobal expedition set off and covered the first 500 kilometers of its round-the-world route

Alexander Abramov, President of the 7 Summits Club, reports from the USA: The expedition has started. Today, on 10.01.24 at 10:10 a.m., the Transglobal Car Expedition Round-the-world expedition started from New York. Six cars rushed to the ... read more

 Alexander Abramov, President of the 7 Summits Club, reports from the USA:

The expedition has started. Today, on 10.01.24 at 10:10 a.m., the Transglobal Car Expedition Round-the-world expedition started from New York. Six cars rushed to the north of Canada. Today we drove 500 km. We are currently staying in Pennsylvania in a place called De Bois. Tomorrow we will move to Detroit, where we will visit the FORD factory.

Transglobal Car Expedition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexander Abramov in New York: Empire State Building, Explorers Club and Central Park... Tomorrow the Transglobal Car expedition sets off

North Pole. Alexander Abramov, President of the 7 Summits Club, reports from the USA: Today was a great day. First, Mingma, Kostya, and I visited the Empire State Building (102 floors). This is my first time in New York and I was impressed by the most ... read more

Alexander Abramov, President of the 7 Summits Club, reports from the USA:

Today was a great day. First, Mingma, Kostya, and I visited the Empire State Building (102 floors). This is my first time in New York and I was impressed by the most famous building in the city. And in the evening, a press conference and ceremonial send-off of the expedition took place at the world-famous Explorers Club. And as a reward, a run through Central Park, which I've been thinking about all my life.

Tomorrow we will solemnly leave New York for the North. According to forecasts, it is already minus 40 degrees in Yellowknife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexander Abramov joined the Transglobal team in New York, embarking on a unique trip around the world

Alexander Abramov, President of the 7 Summits Club, reports from the USA: Today is the day of preparation for the start of the Transglobal Car expedition in New York. We held a meeting, visited the New York Motorists Club, and walked ... read more

Alexander Abramov, President of the 7 Summits Club, reports from the USA:

 Today is the day of preparation for the start of the Transglobal Car expedition in New York. We held a meeting, visited the New York Motorists Club, and walked around Manhattan in the evening.

Tomorrow is a big day, the presentation of the project at the Explorers Club ...

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