All-terrain vehicles SHERP, Expedition

“To the East!” expedition – Kureika River

The adventures on Plutorana Plateau are picking up the pace as the expedition is
moving forward. Vladimir Shilnikov has prepared another report for us so we could
picture the conditions the team is experiencing.

On the 25 of June we kept on moving and it was a pleasurable day because we didn’t
roll out hoists, didn’t send any canisters with ropes. Although we had to cross our
beloved Kureika river a few times.

First crossing was straight from the pebbled shallow, where we spent the entire
yesterday. Water level has gone down a little since yesterday and we could see a
shallow that was a good place to start. That is exactly what we did. We went as far
ahead as we could until we encountered deep waters. We got caught in the rapid
stream that was taking us aside, so the ATVs had to roll the wheels up until we saw the
opposite shore. However it was just another island. We had another pull once more.

The second river crossing may seem a bit strange. Despite the fact that we went almost
as far up as we could, the stream took our ATVs almost to the same level as that pebble
shallow. But I guess you could say that is the specific feature of crossing rapid rivers.
We couldn’t go here directly, it was not possible.

The next stage of our trip was in the forest. We were trying to choose the lighter spots
on our satellite map, avoiding thick forests. Eventually we got to Taymenyey River. The
name is really beautiful, almost culinary. However, keeping the memory of the Red
Book, we didn’t take our fishing rods out. We just used it to go down to our favourite
Kureika. This way we cut corner through cape, where the stream wouldn’t have been
easy on our (I nearly said – “boats”).

Third and fourth crossings – heading to a following island and back to shore. We keep
jumping like hares and all that to avoid forcing through the flooded shrub near the coast
line. Seems that the forced stay for a few days near water didn’t go unnoticed and
brought us fresh thoughts on the travelling tactics – one step back and two steps
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Each river crossing is like a test for us. I am sure it is quite interesting to watch how fast
goes an ATV that was taken by the rapid stream along the shore. See how it gets
towards its goal. However, the time goes by really slowly when you are on-board of that
ATV. Nonetheless, it all went well. The luck follows us.

And there it is – the last crossing for today. Again a pebble beach with stunning views to
Plutoran. Here we stayed for the night to keep on moving tomorrow. I think I can tell
how it will start.

The expedition is continuing.

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 – 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,,,


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