Charles Hedrich is one of those adventurers with an impressive resume.
At 55, this native of Lyon France has already achieved many accomplishments: Summited Mount Everest, sailed solo around the world non-stop, completed a Paris-Dakar rally on a motorcycle, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean in record time and crossed the North Pole to Greenland. He is now launching a new challenge, a world first: rowing the Arctic Northwest Passage. "It is a passage that connects the Pacific to the Atlantic, by the far north" said Charles Hedrich. It starts this Saturday, June 22, 2013 from the Bering Strait, the western tip of Alaska. I will row as soon as ice and weather allows.
THE TUG MANGUIER (MANGO) ALSO CARRIES HIS SON, ARNAUD, AND BERNARD MULLER WHO ARE GOING TO SHARE THE ROWING DUTIES WITH CHARLES. THIS WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BE ONLY A VESSEL RECORD SINCE NOT ONE MAN ALONE (SOLO) OR ALL-TOGETHER AS A CREW ABOARD THE SAME VESSEL WILL BE ROWING THE COMPLETE ROUTE AS MATHIEU BONNIER DID SOLO FROM GREENLAND TO NOME ALASKA IN 2010-2011. (SINCE HE DID NOT CROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN'S DAVIS STRAIT ARCTIC CIRCLE HIS 6,500KM TRANSIT WAS NOT RECOGNIZED AS AN OFFICIAL NORTHWEST PASSAGE.) SEE: HTTP://WWW.EXPEDITIONTICO.COM/)
CHARLES HEDRICH UNDERSTANDS THERE IS A START AND FINISH LINE: PACIFIC OCEAN'S BERING STRAIT ARCTIC CIRCLE TO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN'S DAVIS STRAIT ARCTIC CIRCLE.
Hedrich grew up in the 6th district of Lyon. After schooling he became an officer in the Merchant Navy. A busy professional life, he began his adventures just ten years ago. Concerned about the protection of the environment, he now wants to give back by teaching from his exploits." As part of this expedition I am directly relating it to climate change, says the adventurer.
Challenge. 7,000 km in ice cores
Bering Strait to the Davis between Alaska, Canada and Greenland, some 7000 kilometers, all rowing ... : This is a world first that will try in the coming days, the French Charles Hedrich, former businessman turned into a multicard adventurer.
Former officer in the merchant navy, Charles Hedrich embarked on a new career as a daredevil in 2002, having sold, traded, his firm headhunter. At 55, he probably attack today in his toughest challenge: to reach Nome, Alaska (United States), Pond Inlet, Canada, via the famous Northwest Passage and ice treacherous, never crossed the train.
With " rowing ice ", a vessel of 6.80 m and 190 kg empty kevlar and carbon, Charles Hedrich is about from Nome, where he arrived on Monday evening. He is waiting for the right weather window. This will be a race against the clock for about three and a half months before the Arctic Ocean refreezes and the Northwest Passage is not a icebound cul-de-sac. "I have come late September at the latest, if not, then it's dead," said the future convict before start for Alaska. admirer of Fossett and Horn in 2010 aboard the same boat, Thomas Bonnier, another French had already attempted this feat. But he had been overtaken by the arrival of winter and frost. For this adventure , Charles Hedrich will not always be alone: about two thirds of the way, it should be accompanied by a second rower, history "souquer" 24 hours on 24 and nibble a few days on the progress of ice. Among the partners of "walk", two son, Nelson and Gregor, or Arnaud Tortel, with whom he spent 62 days in the Arctic in 2009 between the North Pole and Greenland.Seasoned rower - he just completed in late 2012, the first trip across the Atlantic solo - this admirer of Steve Fossett and Mike Horn, two legends of the adventure , know already that will suffer. Including the seasick "I know, I know I'll be sick," he says, about a hundred kilometers from the first crossing after Nome, between Cape Prince of Wales and . Point Hope A Winchester for bear Then there will be an unknown: the strength and direction of the currents. "The vein of current can be 10 m wide, or more miles, and in case of force contrary, it can waste hours." Another parameter: the cold. Hence the survival suit, which keeps you up to 36 hours in the water close to 0 º. And, of course, fear. Because of the ice sheets, which can be a real hazard. And polar bears "a real danger" that explains "with the Winchester, permanently committed a ball," says Charles Hedrich .
A satellite phone to stay in touch with his weather router, Meulnet Michel, Paris, cameras and cameras, to freeze the adventure on paper, so a rifle clothing, including its future partners "galley" and food, local, purchased at each stop in the small ten Inuit villages along the route: it is therefore a boat weighing a total of approximately 250 kg at the beginning that Charles Hedrich will attempt to bring to the arm strength, the Chukchi Sea to Baffin Bay.
History to sign a new feat, after ten years of globe-trotting career that led him to a Paris-Dakar in 2003, the summit of Everest in 2006, and at the finish line the ironman triathlon Nice and ultra-trail du Mont-Blanc in 2011.
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Arctic: A world first in the Northwest PassageLess than six months after his return to row across the Atlantic, the insatiable adventurer left for a new challenge. "It is quite natural, provides Charles Hedrich. I could try more adventures if I had the financial means. This time, I had so I did not even ask the question and I am prepared for this new challenge. "Charles Hedrich sailed on the ship Thomas Bonnier who had to abandon this world premiere in 2010, unable to extricate the passage before the return of the ice. "I know it can happen but whatever it is I might have to be evacuated before the arrival and leave the boat there, observes Charles Hedrich. I'll never be far from the coast. "The rower ice adopted by Charles Hedrich measure 6.80 meters long and weighs 190 pounds empty to be occasionally dragged feet on the ice obstacles. The boat will not be responsible for food for the entire shipment because the adventurer is determined to buy dried meat and other local products in different cross cooperative way.
A race against time
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THE BOOK... THE MAN... CHARLES HEDRICH
Route of an adventurer
Teenager Charles Hedrich played more honorably tennis and football, but in endurance sports that he understood that he had real rules. This starts by Mont Blanc at fourteen and a year later a hundred kilometers from Millau. Follow at 22 years climbing the Nun Kun (Kashmir) his first 7OOO. After Math Sup and Spe, military service in Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan. he became section chief of combat in Alpini and merchant marine officer. Ski instructor, marathon runner, triathlon and ultra-trail, Charles Hedrich Euroman creates a company headhunter who have up to two hundred employees. He floated and then sold it in 2002 to pursue his passion for extreme sports. He did not know much about sailing but engages in the Vendée Globe in 2009 and journey round the world solo by both poles. Knew nothing about the bike, pass the driver and finished sixth at the 2003 Paris Dakar riding a 400 cm3. Everest in 2006. He crossed the Atlantic in a rowing boat in January 2007, record in 36 days, 6 hours, 37 minutes. Crossing the North Pole to Greenland in May 2009. In 2011, he participated in the legendary-Pierra Menta, 4 days skiing race of 10,000 meters of altitude in the mountains of Beaufortin. In 2012, it will be a world first, a double crossing of the Atlantic in a rowing boat, eleven thousand km in five months and a million oar strokes. Married to Patricia, a childhood friend, who gave him three son, Nelson, Frantz and Gregor. Charles Hedrich finally founding member of the Association Respect the Earth.
Par Feriel Belcadhi et Philippe Abry
A 45 ans, Charles Hedrich débute dans le sport-aventure en enchaînant le Dakar en moto, le tour du monde en solitaire pendant le Vendée Globe, l'ascension de l'Everest, le record de la traversée de l'Atlantique à la rame et une expédition en Antarctique. L'aventure continue en 2009 avec un périple inédit entre le pôle Nord et le pôle Sud au moyen d'énergies renouvelables. Un récit passionnant où les aventures se succèdent sans relâche. Chasseur d'aventures offre aussi une mine d'informations insolites car chaque discipline abordée par Charles fait l'objet d'un éclairage historique où les grands noms de l'histoire du sport et de l'aventure se côtoient. Cet ouvrage fait l'objet d'une édition bilingue français anglais.
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