Karl Bushby, the UK explorer, about his walking from Bilibino (Chukotka) & Srednekolymsk (Sakha-Yakutia), Russia’s Far East

May 4, 2011

Karl Bushby, of 21st Century Odyssey, in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia

Karl Bushby, of 21st Century Odyssey, in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Russia

This is Karl Bushby (www.odysseyxxi.com), who has been doing the epic journey back home to London from Puntas Arenas (Chile), the most sourthern point of South America. He has been walking around the world for 14 years. Alone. Unsupported.

When he walked from Chile to Alaska, he wrote the famous book “Giant Steps.” When he crossed the Bering Strait from Alaska to Russia’s Chukotka, he made a documentary for BBC Channel.

Further, find more info, and two videos.

This year he returned back to Chukotka and continued his Arctic part from Chukotka’s settlement of Bilibino to Yakutia’s village of Srednekolymsk. 35 days in the Arctic tundra.

Yesterday, I was lucky to meet the man, who is walking around the world, in Yakutsk, the administrative center of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), and take him for a walk… a short walk. When we strolled from his hotel, I recorded a sort of the video interview. Watch it.

The first video is about the 5th stage of his 21st Century Odyssey expedition. He tells how the Russian visa limits his journey, why his Arctic part from Fairbanks to Yakutsk lasts 5 years.

The second video gives a great description of the way (existing winter road and road condition) between Chukotka’s settlement of Bilibino and Yakutia’s village of Srednekolymsk. By the way, in that video he gives the answer to the frequantly asked question “Is there a road between Kolyma and Chukotka?”

So… It seems Karl will spend next two years (partly) in Yakutia, Siberia/Russia. Next winter he is coming back to complete the part Srednekolymsk – Yakutsk. Afterwards, he’s planning to go south, to China and next to Mongolia.

Today he departed for Moscow and then to LA.

PS. More parts of the video interview, I hope, will appear soon in this post. Stay tuned. Hope also to make the same chat in next winter.


Here is a new video:

This time he talks about his meeting a polar bear, a wolf and video footage for his new adventure documentary.

UPDATE: Chukotka as well as Yakutia’s Nizhne-Kolymsky and other Arctic regions require the special entry permit issued by the Russian Federal Security Serive. It’s important! Keep this thing in your mind, when you start thinking about Russia’s Arctic.

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