Departing from the Royal Geographic Society in London, in the midst of a Covid lockdown, the team drove east covering ??? miles in ?? days headed to Yakutsk. Multiple breakdowns, road accident, Russian customs, and -35 C temperatures made this a icy marathon.
With massive Kamaz ice road trucks and Trekol tundra buggies hired, Chukotka permits in hand, and -60 C survival gear, the team was ready to cross to the eastern most point of Russia … but the Ukraine war erupted days before and the leg was cancelled.
Extracting the Land Rovers from war gripped Russia, the team traversed this beautiful and remote country. Through desert, rivers, snow storms, mountains, and plains. Birthplace of three of the world’s great conquering civilizations. A fascinating country to visit.
With China closed due to Covid, the Land Rovers were shipped back to the UK for a series of amphibious challenges. Thames River through London. Seine River through Paris. Channel crossing from Dover to Sangatte. Despite broken drive trains and foul weather, the DefenderX team prevailed.
Turning our expedition route backward, the team will drive from New York westward across Canada to the Arctic.
An epic descent of the Yukon River from Fairbanks 700 miles to the ocean, and 100 miles across Norton Sound to Nome, Alaska.