How to prepare for driving across the frozen wastes of Siberia at -50C... on a Ural motorbike
On the 13th February 2012, 12 incredibly brave, or incredibly stupid teams shall be pioneering The Adventurists new adventure. The Ice Run takes you 2,500 km across the frozen wastes of Siberia on old school Ural motorbikes with sidecars to the only town in the world sitting on the Arctic Circle.
Founder of The Adventurists Mr. Tom who returned from Siberia only last week had this to say: "This is currently my favourite piece of adventuring stupidity. All the locals go a sort a pale colour when I tell them what the plan is."
So, how do you prepare for such an adventure. The temperature at the finish line today is -32C (-26F) and that's not taking into account the extremity numbing effects of wind. When driving at a leisurely 30mph through -32C, it will feel more like -52C.
At these temperatures everything stops working. Metal snaps, engine oil freezes and petrol solidifies. The moisture inside your nose will freeze instantly, without a visor eyelashes will fuse together leading to mild driving difficulties, any items of clothing removed to relieve oneself had better be replaced within minutes before the onset of frostbite and the loss of procreational abilities.
The Windy City Wanderers (Frost Edition) seem to have got a little carried away with their local outdoor shop, a camera and Microsoft Paint.
A certain Mr. Eric Krause from Windy City Wanderers has taken to immersing himself in chilly places, first a bath full of ice and then Lake Michigan on New Year's Day.
Team The Incaredibles have taken preparation one step further by locking themselves into walk-in freezers at -19C, and for your viewing pleasure they filmed it.
The Adventurists very own Mr. Rob Mills (Mongol Rally Chief) and his team mate Olly Rowland (professional stuntman) are taking on The Ice Run as Team Numb Nuts and have recently taken delivery of their helmets, not that it'll help much in relation to their team name.
Follow the teams live
We'll be posting updates on the blog during the adventure so if you'd like to know who's just fallen through the icy River Ob, frozen their lips to the petrol tank or indeed stalled their engine whilst deeply distracted by a rather buxom arctic babushka - return to The Jibber.
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