When we last heard from the Extrem Events Jeep Expedition led by Matthias Jeschke, our adventurer’s Jeep Wrangler Unlimiteds were bogged down in the frozen weather of Siberian Russia. We knew that they had started back up on Dec. 29, 2009 and planned on pulling into New York sometime this Summer. According to the Toledo Blade:
“The expedition last week reached the Russian village of Uelen, the easternmost settlement in Asia and approximately 56 miles across the frozen waters of the Chukchi Sea from Wales, Alaska. The temperature in Wales yesterday was -17 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service.
“Once again, waiting is necessary – and that’s not easy. It costs just as much nerves as the actual driving,” wrote Matthias Jeschke, the 39-year-old father of two who heads Extrem Events, an adventure group based in Limburg, Germany. Mr. Jeschke in 2007 broke a world altitude record for production vehicles by driving a Wrangler to an altitude of 21,837 feet and nearing the summit of Ojos del Salado, a volcano in Chile…
The two Wrangler Unlimiteds have crossed Europe and Asia towing massive trailers that carry giant outrigger pontoons. Those pontoons are to be affixed to the Jeeps for the treacherous crossing across the sea ice, as a precaution in case the SUVs break through. Plans call for a small outboard motor to also be attached to the Jeeps as a precaution, while the expedition members don survival suits for the dangerous sea journey.
“Regarding the weather, it looks really bad at the moment,” Mr. Jeschke wrote in his most recent posting from Uelen. “Therefore we wait and prepare ourselves. We use the time to sort and arrange the equipment, we try on our survival suits, we prepare the first-aid kits, we repair and modify the technical equipment like lamps, telephones, notebooks, the wiring, etc., we break our Bunny Boots in, study maps, hold conversations with whale and seal hunters about the currents, the ice, weather and ice conditions.” The expedition originally expected to roll into New York City in May, 2009, but is now expected to make it by the end of June. (2010)”
Good luck and Godspeed, gentleman. We can’t wait to see you in New York. – JW