THE BERING STRAIT CHALLENGE 2017

Several thousand people have climbed Everest. Less than six hundred have been in space. A few hundred have reached the North or South Pole. But only eight people have crossed the Bering Strait on foot or by ski.

In early 2017 our team will set off across the Bering Strait ice, leaving from Cape Dezhnev in Russia, heading to Cape Prince of Wales in Alaska.

Our team comprises members from both the United Kingdom and Russia, bringing together a wide range of skills and expedition experience.

ROYAL PATRON: HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE MICHAEL OF KENT GCVO

We are delighted and honoured to announce that following the recce undertaken in March 2015 to the Bering Strait and subsequent meetings at Kensington Palace in London, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent GCVO has agreed to be the expeditionís Patron.

LATEST NEWS - EXPEDITION IS DEFERRED TO 2017

Despite our best efforts, we have not yet been able to obtain the necessary permits from the Russian authorities to allow the team to attempt a two-way crossing between the USA and Russia in 2016. After months of preparation and training James Bingham and Neil Laughton have still decided to cross on the American side between Little Diomede and the Alaskan coast. Mike remains in Russia and is working with Evgeny to try and secure the requisite permits for 2017.


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PARTIAL CROSSING FROM LITTLE DIOMEDE TO THE COAST OF ALASKA
On 27th February 2015 expedition leader Mike Laird and James Bingham departed London Heathrow for Anchorage, and travelled on by helicopter to Little Diomede. The plan was to attempt to make their way back to the western coast of Alaska, USA. Predictions suggested that 2015 could be unseasonably warm (in Arctic terms) which could result in significant stretches of open water. This partial crossing was to inform the subsequent group expedition.



Unfortunately, however, the ice was impassable. There was no way through and nowhere safe on the ice to camp. The ice was too thin to walk on and the pair constantly broke through into the frigid waters. There was hardly any open water to kayak through and most was covered in a half inch of soft ice. It wouldn't hold their weight but neither could they kayak through. Otherwise progress was very slow with massive blocks of ice, all churned up and ragged. James suffered some minor frostbite to his fingers but is hopeful it will recover OK. While the pair didn't make it across on this partial crossing, the recce has proven very useful and many lessons have been learned which we can take forward for next year.

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FULL EXPEDITION SETS OFF MARCH 2017

In March 2017 Mike and James will be joined by Neil Laughton and Victor Gladyrev as they attempt a full crossing from Russia to USA. They will be supported on land by team member Evgeny Mashkovskiy.

We are grateful to the Russian Embassy in London, the British and American Embassies in Moscow and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their kind assistance.

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The Bering Strait Challenge 2017
Expedition Patron: His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent GCVO