*Robert Peary (May 1856 - February 1920) - American Arctic explorer. In 1909 he announced that he had conquered the North Pole, which engendered much discussion. Officially, he is considered the first man to reach the North Pole after having crossed pack ice (sea ice that is at least three-meters thick and that existed through more than two annual cycles of rising and melting).
April 5, 1990. Fortunately, "Magellan" finally caught three satellites, joined the computer to coordinate and showed my location: 84°48' n.l., 95°29' e.l.
April 6, 1990. A signal appeared on the "Magellan" scoreboard, illuminated that the device took all three satellites. And immediately coordinates appeared: 84°55' n.l., 95°19' e.l.. Maybe, God willing, tomorrow I'll be over 85 degrees.
Fyodor Konyukhov was born on December 12, 1951 on the shore of the Sea of Azov, in the settlement of Chkalovo (Ukraine). His father was a descendent of Pomor fishermen from the Arkhangelsk Governorate and his mother was a native of Bessarabia (located in present day Moldova and Ukraine). He graduated from a nautical school as a skipper and then an Arctic institute with the profession of nautical engineer. A sea and yacht captain, he has lived in Moscow since 1995. Married with two adult sons and a daughter, he is also an artist, having painted more than 3,000 works. He has also authored twelve books and in 2010 he was ordained as a priest.
Fyodor Konyukhov has had a passion for traveling since childhood. When he was 15 years old he crossed the Sea of Azov on a rowboat. He has sailed around the world four times, sailed across the Atlantic Ocean 15 times, including once on a rowboat. He is the first person in the world to have reached five of the planet's poles: the geographical North Pole (three times), the geographical South Pole, the Pole of Relative Inaccessibility in the Arctic Ocean, Mount Everest (height pole) and Cape Horn (pole for yachtsmen). He is the first Russian to have accomplished the Seven Summits program by climbing the highest point on each of the seven continents. In 2014 he crossed the Pacific Ocean on a rowboat in 160 days - a total of 17,000 kilometers.
This material was prepared by Ilya Krol, RBTH
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