We continue bringing new about the expedition to you. We try to ask questions to the participants when we can and publish the information for you. Today we have prepared some answers to a small list of questions, and we will also publish some fresh pictures from 21 and 22 of April. As before, our questions are answered by Vladimir Shilnikov.
Question: “Please tell us about your sleep. Is it warm? Or maybe cold? What helps you?”
- Our sleep is very deep . Just joking, of course. Although in any joke there is an element of truth… It is really comfortable to sleep in the ATVs. The benches are really comfortable, upholstered with the foam at least 50 millimeters thick. Each bed is two meters long, and it doesn’t interfere with other objects around. A comfortable temperature within the ATV is kept by an autonomous heater from Webasto.
“What time do you go to bed and get up? Does it take long to get ready in the morning?”
- From the very beginning of the trip we tried to get into the routine. For that reason we wake up at eight o’clock. The person on duty wakes up a little earlier to be able to cook breakfast. The morning preparation takes an hour – an hour and a half. The cars are usually fueled in the evening and no one wastes time for that in the morning.
“Are there any routine checks of the ATVs in the morning?”
- Of course. We should start them, warm them up, check the wheels pressure, go round the ATVs and check protectors and clean the windows.
“What is fuel intake? How do you calculate the stock? When is the closest gas station?”
- For the small Sherps the fuel intake is more or less clear. It is thirty litres per each hundred kilometers. This figure is taken from the results of our previous trips. Of course we compensate a little for the winter period, calculating a bit more. For the bigger ATV the fuel intake isn’t clear yet. We are still gathering statistics. We know that it takes about twice as much as the small Sherps. The fuel stock is calculated mathematically: the fuel consumption for one hundred km is multiplied by one hundred of the planned hundreds of kms. And a little extra on top, just in case. The closest petrol stations, that we passed were in Archangelsk and Mezen. The upcoming are in Naryan-Mar and Vorkuta.
“In the picture we can see the use of hoists. Which ones are there and how did they survive the first hoisting? What were the difficulties of leaving water?”
- All ATVs are equipped with hoists from Warn 8, 9 and 9,5 with shorter drums, to make sure the placement of Kevlar cable was possible. The hoists are really fast and powerful. They don’t even notice the ATVs. While pulling, Sherp also helps with its wheels, which makes it much easier to maneuver on steep slopes and in other difficult situations. The most powerful hoist is set at the joined ATV. During the first pulling to the steep cliff it shown itself perfectly. We didn’t even need the block, just hoisted directly.
“How much heavier is the expedition ATV compared to the standard version?”
- I will name a few figures for the comparison purposes. The standard equipped Sherp weighs around half a ton. Expedition ATV holds two hundred fifty liters of fuel and around three hundred kilograms of equipment. Plus tools and parts. Therefore it is plus at least half a ton, if not more. And don’t forget the team. The overall weight of the expedition Sherp is over two ton guaranteed.
“How does that influence the movement?”
- Of course the best movement is with an empty ATV with minimal fuel. Any overweight is negative. However the construction of Sherp is such that the loading doesn’t really limit the movement, and it goes confidently on roadless terrain. The unique construction of the wheels made by Alexey Garagashyan certainly helps.
At the time of the publication, the expedition has passed over 262 km. They stopped not far from Mezen town and created a camp. Today the Sherp caravan will continue its way to the east.
- We are sure we will be able to get into the routine and get back into the planned schedule. The ATVs confidently go on top of the snow crust and wet snow. In the latter case it is harder to move, the motors are working real hard, but Sherps surmount the difficult road conditions well.
The organizers and participants of the expedition thank their partners and sponsors:
The company Ravenol, the main technical partner
Iridium Russia, thanks to them the team will always be connected. The equipment for the data transfer was made available by the companies “Satellite mobile technologies” and “Iridium 360”
Product sponsor for the expedition – the company X5 Retail Group, managing brands “Pyaterochka”, ‘Perekrestok” and “Karusel” for the support of the idea of moving to the east
Technical partner Paptor U-Pol
Garmin Russia – for the navigation and action cameras Garmin Virb
Webasto – technical partner and sponsor of the expedition
Company “Dinakor – strength technologies” and brand Kubota
Company DJI alongside the 4vision.ru – the provider of quadcopters for the video shooting from the air
4×4 Club and brand Warn
“Medical technologies of survival” for the organization of the medical part of the expedition and the expedition’s medical kits
KB “Radar”, transport company “Promit” for the help in transportation of the cargo to the East
Informational partners of the expedition:
National Geographic Russia, Popular mechanic, Men’s Health, strana.ru, vesti.ru, Russia.travel.ru