Dutchman Yuri Klaver is preparing for the adventure of a lifetime. In July, he plans to start a journey to cross the Arctic North America that could last up to three years.
In what is being called ‘The Polar American Traverse’, Yuri will be attempting to be the first person to cross Arctic America without machine support, tackling all the nature can throw at him with only the equipment he leaves with.
Yuri will start his 10,000km adventure north of the Kamchata Peninsula in Siberia, and will cross the Bering Strait to Alaska. He will then journey through the Northwest passage to Greenland and Iceland, which he plans to reach in 2015.
To traverse the terrains ahead of him, Yuri will use his kayak as a sled to cross the snow, as well as to cross the freezing waters of the Northwest passage. He will also kite surf across snowy plates.
Breaking the world record for the first person to cross Arctic America without machine support will be incredibly challenging, but Yuri already has a wealth of experience. He has spent over a decade adventuring across a variety of landscapes, including Siberia, Iceland and Bulgaria. But The Polar American Traverse will surely be his most taxing challenge yet.
But for Yuri, this isn’t just about breaking a world record. He says he wants to keep the spirit of adventuring alive and encourage people to explore beyond the boundaries of their normality – a true Man of Action. The project will also conservation of the environments he will pass through, with 40% of the sponsorship money going to the World Wildlife Fund.
We wish Yuri luck and look forward to hearing updates of this remarkable journey.