This is the adventure that separates the men from the boys and the ladymen from the, er, ladyboys. Adventure doesn't get much sublime than riding an vintage motorcycle and side car 2000km along a frozen river in the Siberian wilderness.
We've distilled the raw ingredients of our adventures into something almost explosive. We bring you vehicles with a predisposition to breaking down, hostile terrain, a vague idea of where you are going, all wrapped in an not very cosy blanket of ice.
The frozen road lies ahead for a 100 miles of empty wilderness. The thermometer slides south as the sun sets. You squint from the wind as the throttle yawns open to reach the nearest village before dark. And then comes the weird grinding sound. 10 minutes later, you know you're on the Ice Run.
As a team on the Ice Run we ask you to raise a minimum of £1000 for charity, at least £500 of which goes to the official charity: Cool Earth. Along with the teams on the other adventures, you'll be helping to save the world one rainforest at a time. Not because we’re tree hugging sandal weavers, but because the world would be shit without them. Read more.
These days Ural make excellent bikes. Thankfully that was not always the case and scattered across the corners of the ex-Soviet empire lie scores of old school Urals. Built like a tank, slightly rusty and often unreliable. Obviously the all round perfect Siberian adventuring machine for facing up to 2,500km of frozen rivers at -30c.
In 1939 the Russian army thought it was high time they had some motorbikes. Ever the masters of efficiency they nicked one from the Germans - the BMW R71 - pulled it apart, copied it (badly) and slapped a Ural badge on. Thus was born one of the world's coolest motorised bicycle machines.
Right up until the 2000's the design remained pretty much unchanged. It is these old engineering marvels that we have carefully selected to make sure completing the Ice Run is really quite hard.
You probably don't have a huge amount of experience driving Urals over frozen Siberian rivers. You might, but probably not. So to ensure you all know which end is the front and how to sit on a seat, we organise some very important test driving and training days before we set off to face the ravages of Siberia.
We'll also give you some information on fixing your unreliable steed, because the chances of breaking down are way above 100%.
It makes a bit more sense having your first crash and break-down when there's someone there to help you (and to laugh & take some photos).
The Ice Run will begin in the birth place of the Ural, Irbit and end in the North Siberian town of Salekhard, the only town in the world built on the Arctic Circle. How you get between these two points is up to you.
In summer the only way to get to the northern end of the River Ob is on a boat or an aeroplane. But luckily for us, 6 months of the year Siberia is colder than a snowman's gonads and squashed under several metres of ice and snow.
Then the only way to cross this icy wilderness is by a network of ice roads. These little transportation wonders are paths of occasionally flattened snow that snake over and alongside the frozen rivers.
If there is particularly heavy snow, the ice roads can become impassable. They also move each year, depending on the climate, and at a certain point they melt and you fall in the river. All this means navigating your way to the finish line will be some of the most excellent fun in the world.
The Ice Run costs just £2500, which covers off all this gubbins:
The chance to undertake a monster of an adventure something so tough that many mere mortals would run a mile from. You walk away with stories to amaze your friends for years to come and friendships spawned from shared endurance; the sort that last longer than the frostbite.
A modified tundra-ready Ural sidecar-motorcycle and all the paperwork necessary for you to drive it across Siberia including a permit for the restricted area of Salekhard.
Two days of test driving & mechanical briefing, so you know the basics of how to ride and fix a Ural motorcycle in -30c. Nightly Q&A sessions where you can get advice from our team on the ground.
A start and finish party, the opportunity to prepare with your fellow Ice Runners before the run and celebrate after; soul-warming bookends to an icy adventure.
Advice from the pioneers of Adventurist Towers and cold weather experts, providing information such as what cold weather kit to take and sub zero survival tips.
Use of a spot tracker so our ground team and your folks back home can track you. A blogging system & map where you can shout about where you are and what you are doing.
We like the Ice Run to be tough, but we don't want our beloved Urals to fall through the Ice into a watery grave. For this reason we hold the Run in the depth of winter where there is minimal chance of the ice cracking.
We find February works well, any earlier it is a touch too cold, any later, we'd need to get a load of amphibious vehicles and you'd need to get wet-suits.
Optional Ural factory visit: Fri 7th February
Test driving: Sat 8th & Sun 9th February
Launch party: Sun 9 th February
Launch ceremony: Mon 10th February
Finish line party: Fri 21st February
You probably need to sign up for all this frozen wilderness now. For just 500 of your English pounds you can reserve yourself a spot on the Ice Run and pay the rest in installments a bit later.
We've even got a nice shiny sign-up button you can click to bag your spot. Look there is is down there. If you need more info there is a slightly less shiny button there, or if you've got specific questions you can use the form right at the bottom, or give us a call.