The Ice Men Cometh.
If you have been experiencing a disconcerting lack of backbone among the general populace of late, we may have stumbled upon the culprits inadvertently here at Adventurists HQ. It appears that a small and select band of humanoids known only as “Ice Run Pioneers” have expropriated the entire man-stock of backbone and are stockpiling it in locations across the globe including Darwin Australia, Islamabad, Hong Kong and Bilbao. Like the scattered keystones of some Marvel-comic world-ending mega-weapon, these backbone behemoths will finally be assembled under a cloud of secrecy and sauna-steam in Irkutsk, Siberia, in nine weeks’ time, for the re-launch of the mighty Ice Run, an adventure so damn hot it will take 32,000 square kilometres of ice to take the edge off it.
Allow us to introduce to you to these exceptional Pioneers. If you hadn’t heard, the Ice Run is relocating to Lake Baikal.
Lake Baikal; the world's oldest, deepest lake. Like a Ming vase, (or Cheryl Cole), she's beautiful, but empty.
As if a vintage Ural motorcycle, precision tooled with hammers and bananas or whatever else was in stock during the command economy that prevailed at the time, and a 2000km journey in seasonal temperatures ranging from “mind the snotsicle” to "my balls no longer reside outside my body”, were not challenge enough, we have taken out the only concession ever made on the Ice Run to making it easier; locals. For where we once launched in the very shadow of the Ural factory, trailing north in a clatter of spare gaskets and piston rings, and teams were welcomed into towns by well-meaning mechanics, where these pups are heading there’s…..well. Nothing. They’ll be surviving solo on the ice for 4 or 5 days before riding home to Irkutsk along the zimniks (frozen river-roads) and tarmac of the western shore of the lake. Just them, their trusty team-mates, and their steeds. And their extraordinary endowment of backbone, of course.
This Pioneer's edition has been restricted to just 9 teams; 8 pairs and one very adventurous soloist. Three teams are scratch crews who will meet on the start line, so fevered has interest in a seat or a sidecar on this this expedition been. Click on the faces below in our Celebrity-Pioneer Squares matrix below to find out more about these adventuring heavyweights. Half of them can fly a plane. Most of them can build an engine. Between them they have done 7 Mongol Rallies, 4 Rickshaw Runs, a Junket, a Bajai Rally, a Mongol Derby and yes, even an Ice Run Pioneer's Run (v1.0). Alongside some light peacekeeping in Bosnia, ultramarathonning, taxi-driving up Everest, darting rhinos, hiking the Wakkan corridor, tours of East Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq...all the usual pleasure spots. If these heirs of Odysseus can't get back to Irkutsk for a slap up vodka-sluiced finish party in time for Good Friday, I just don't know who can....