Bushby Arrested After Crossing Bering Straits
Round the world walker Karl Bushby has been arrested by Russian police after an epic crossing of the Bering Straits between Alaska and Russia.
Posted: 5 April 2006
Karl Bushby, the British ex-paratrooper who is walking round the
world, is part of a two-man team which has become the first ever to
walk across the Bering Straits, the frozen sea which separates Alaska
The welcome that awaited him however was far from warm with
Russian border police arresting the pair apparently because they did
not have the correct papers and failed to register with police within
three days of crossing the border. They were also carrying a GPS
unit, illegal in the area, and a Colt Magnum .44 pistol as a defence
against polar bears.
Bushby, who is supported by The North Face, set off in November,
1998, from the southern tip of South America and, if he successfully
completes his walk will have covered 36,000 miles, the longest single
continuous expedition on foot.
The crossing of the Bering Strait was an epic in itself with
Bushby, together with US endurance racer Dimitri Kieffer being pushed
more than 30 miles off course during the 58 mile crossing because of
shifting ice. After several days on the ice, the pair was forced to
transfer all their equipment on to one sledge after the other was
torn apart by jagged ice.
The pair walked at night using using night-vision scopes mounted
to helmets. In addition to the night-vision equipment, Bushby had
other new high-tech gadgets which helped in the crossing.
One is a parafoil kite that has a wireless camera attached to the
string so the pair got an aerial view of the surrounding landscape.
The camera was hooked up to a hand-held screen that allowed Bushby to
look at the ice ahead.
Bushby's immediate problem however is continuing his journey
through Russia. The worst case scenario would be repatriation to Hull
which would prevent him from walking through Russia to Europe and
adding to the 17,000 miles that he's covered so far....
You can find out more about the Goliath Expedition, from Karl's
web site at goliath.mail2web.com
Discuss this story
2 guys attempting something epic now possibly spoiled by a few idiots from Russian police, come on guys !! Wise up and stop being morons.
Karl and Dimitri aren't spies or anything like that, and they've no interest in your internal politics, they just want to do something amazing, so let them go now !!
Posted: 12/06/2012 at 05:19
That was six years ago
Last I heard, Karl was bumming around on a Mexican beach, but that was a couple of years ago...
Posted: 12/06/2012 at 08:01