March 2010 Nexus expedition - Chukotka TV interview
Sunday March 7, 2010 - 64.7500° N, 177.4833° E
Here is a copy of the short interview Nyurgun and I did for Chukotka TV on March 2d 2010.
We are now planning to leave for Vayegi tomorrow on Tuesday March 9th on ONE Skidoo Expedition snowmobile with 3 passengers and 250 kgs of cargo in a trailer (sleds, gear, food and white gas).
The 3 passengers are Nyurgun, myself and a Chukchi rider needed to be able to return the snowmobile to Anadyr!
Of course, I must admit that I am a bit wary to travel 700kms on ONE snowmobile with 3 passengers and so much cargo but as my friend Viktor Bogariev told me on the phone yesterday: Никто не будет! No one else would do it! And therefore grab whatever option you got to get your butts over here!
At least, it is reassuring to know that in case of mechanical failure, we will have with us plenty of food, white gas and gear to pull it through!
So why did we not leave one or two days earlier?
Well.... because of the snow storm and the women...
Yes, in deed, right now, there is still a Purga/snow storm rolling through Anadyr which we need to wait for it to pass through to start our journey in the safest way.
We also need to wait for the completion of this 3 days holiday weekend, when on Monday March 8th, the Russians celebrate Женский день, the International Women Day!
Why does this matter, because there is a lot of celebration/drinking happening during these 3 days and therefore no man is willing to leave Anadyr to get on the road through the open tundra, no matter what...
So to all the women out there, have a great day!