In 1994 Norilsk resident Vasily Ryzhkov conquered North Pole on skis
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In 1994 Norilsk resident Vasily Ryzhkov conquered North Pole on skis

November 09, 2021

On May 17, 1994, the Polar Arc pole expedition for the first time in the world successfully reached the North Pole without external support.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The group consisted of eight travelers: Tomsk citizens Ivan Yalin, Valery Tayakin, Boris Malyshev, Viktor Russky, Ivan Kuzhelivsky, Viktor Sharnin, Muscovite Vladimir Chukov and Norilsk resident Vasily Ryzhkov.

For the first time in world practice, the pole was conquered by skiers traveling in a completely autonomous mode of movement: without food air drops and without air evacuations, without intermediate bases, without using any auxiliary equipment or transport.

They started on March 15 from Cape Arkticheskiy on the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago and for 64 days went on skis with backpacks and drags to the pole along the drifting ice of the Arctic Ocean, covering 1,700 kilometers.

A participant in the passage, a Norilsk resident Vasily Ryzhkov, who worked as a rescuer in a paramilitary mine rescue unit, was the navigator of that expedition.

Upon his return to Norilsk, he received the title of the city honorary citizen. The next year, 1995, Ryzhkov became a member of the ski crossing in Antarctica.

On June 22, 1996, Vasily Ryzhkov died in a hang-glider crash on the building of the Talnah weather station. And on June 22, 2006, a memorial plaque was put in his memory on the former building of the Talnah detachment of the Mine Rescue Brigade.

In the last issue of the History Spot photo project, we told when the first Norilsk nickel was born.

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Text: Svetlana Samohina, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive

November 09, 2021

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