Fyodor Konyukhov

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Fyodor Konyukhov, 2018

Fyodor Filippovich Konyukhov (Russian: Фёдор Филиппович Конюхов; born 12 December 1951 in Chkalovo, Pryazovskyi Raion, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, Ukrainian SSR) is a Russian survivalist, voyager, aerial and marine explorer. In December 2010 he became an Eastern Orthodox priest in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Konyukhov was born in the village of Chkalovo, located in the Pryazovskyi Raion of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia Oblast. His father was a fisherman on the Sea of Azov, while his grandfather had served in the same garrison as Georgy Sedov, an Arctic explorer. Supposedly Konyukhov attended a nautical school in Odesa and another in Leningrad earning a specialty in polar navigation. Supposedly he worked as a professional navigator and marine engineer.[citation needed] He served 3 years in the Soviet Navy. There is a legend that he was stationed in a Kaliningrad guardhouse with the Baltic Fleet when he volunteered for a 2.5 year tour of duty as a Soviet Marine sailing across the South China Sea as special forces delivering munitions to the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.[2] After his service in the Soviet Armed Forces, he left behind the terrible realities of war and completed a vocational arts school in Bobruisk which enabled him to become a successful painter and sculptor.[2] Konyukhov is an ordained priest in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). He was made a deacon in 2010.[3]


In 1983, Fyodor Konyukhov was admitted to the Union of Artists of the USSR (he was the youngest member at the time). Since 1996 he has been a member of the Moscow Union of Artists, Graphic Arts section; since 2001, a member of the Sculpture section as well.[4]

He is a winner of the Gold Medal of the Russian Arts Academy, an Honorary Academician of the Russian Arts Academy and the creator of more than 3,000 paintings. He has participated in a number of Russian and international exhibitions.[4]

Fyodor Konyukhov becomes the first priest of the Russian Orthodox Church to successfully climbed Mt. Everest. He took the icon of St. Nicholas to the Summit with him.

2015 - Global Ambassadors for Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors.[4][5]


Konyukhov is the only person[citation needed] to have reached such extreme points of the planet as the North Pole (three times), the South Pole, the Pole of Inaccessibility in the Arctic Ocean and the top of Mount Everest (twice) and also sailed around the world via Cape Horn 4 times.


In November 2000, Konyukhov was engaged in the French solo non-stop round the world yacht race "Vendée Globe" 2000-2001 (at first 24 skippers, then 15 rated) on the "Open 60" type "Modern University for the Humanities" yacht. Due to technical breakdown, Fyodor stopped at Sydney (AUS) and so was forfeited from the race. In 2020 Konyukhov remains the only Russian sailor to compete in this race.[6]

In May 2008, Konyukhov completed a solo circumnavigation of Antarctica in a sailboat, becoming the first person to do so. His attempt began on 26 January 2008 and took 102 days in total, with his route falling entirely between the 45th and 60th parallels south.[7]


Konyukhov has set world records, notably crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a row-boat URALAZ in 46 days,[8] the best 24-hour distance in the same boat (110 miles).


On 23 July 2016, Konyukhov became the second person to circumnavigate the world in a hybrid hot-air helium balloon.[9] American Steve Fossett is the only other person to have completed the feat, having done so in 2002 on his sixth attempt. Konyukhov took "just over 11 days", as opposed to Fossett's 13 days.[10]

Konyukhov announced his intention to challenge Fossett's record in September 2015,[11] although the idea had "first captured [his] imagination in 1992".[12] The balloon he used, named the Morton, was specially constructed by Cameron Balloons in Bristol, England,[13] and had a height of 60 metres (200 ft) and a volume of 15,500 cubic metres (20,300 cu yd). The balloon's non-pressurised gondola was made of carbon fibre and measured roughly 2 metres (6.6 ft) wide and 2 metres (6.6 ft) tall, containing Konyukhov's bed, food, water, oxygen, and first-aid supplies, as well as navigation and communication equipment.[12]

The attempt began in Northam, Western Australia, 96 kilometres (60 mi) north-east of Perth, on 12 July 2016.[14] He and his team had arrived in Australia in June, but experienced several delays due to weather and the failure of equipment to arrive on time.[15] After launching, Konyukhov flew east across Australia and the South Pacific Ocean to South America, where he passed through Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and the southern tip of Brazil. He then flew across the South Atlantic, the southern Indian Ocean, and the Southern Ocean before eventually landing again in Bonnie Rock, Western Australia, completing his circumnavigation.[16] Konyukhov's planned route was 33,000 kilometres (21,000 mi), but an unexpected southerly deviation (which took him to the Antarctic Circle) extended his flight to 34,000 kilometres (21,000 mi).[17]

He set a new round-the world time of 272h 11m,[9] as of 17 September 2016 subject to official confirmation.[18] He described his experience in a newspaper article.[19]

In November 2019 he said he would travel in a balloon into the stratosphere.[20]


2000 (March) – Completed the longest dog race IDITAROD – 1150 miles from Anchorage to Nome (Northern route)

2007 (May) - Dog sled expedition across Greenland Ice Cap from East to West. Started from Isortoq (East Coast) and finished at West Coast (Ilullisat). Covering about 800 km in 15 days and 22 hours during a Trans-Greenland dog sleigh ride.

2013 (April–May) – Dog sled expedition from North Pole to Canada. Together with his partner - Viktor Simonov they crossed Arctic Ocean in 46 days and reached the shores of Ward Hunt Island (Canada).

In 2011 Konyukhov fulfilled an expedition cross Ethiopia, covering more than 1000 km of route.[21]

Explorers Grand Slam[edit]

Fyodor is the first Russian mountaineer to complete the Seven Summits challenge for which a person must climb the highest mountains of each of the seven continents, also he is the first Russian traveller and third person in the world, who completed The Explorers Grand Slam: he also visited both the North Pole and the South Pole.[22]

On 19 May 2012 - Fyodor Konyukhov together with the Russian team "7 Summits" reached the top of Mount Everest. His climbing route was via the Northern Ridge (Tibet). This expedition was devoted to the 20th anniversary of the first Russian ascent of Mount Everest (via the Southern Col) – May 1992.



  1. ^ Диакон Федор Конюхов рукоположен в священники - 20 December 2010 - "Диакон Федор Конюхов стал священником. Рукоположение состоялось 19 декабря, в праздник святителя Николая Чудотворца, в Свято-Никольском храме Запорожья, на родине известного путешественника, сообщает сайт местной епархии со ссылкой на епископа Запорожского и Мелитопольского Иосифа."
  2. ^ a b "Вокруг Cвета и Oбратно: Федор Конюхов" [Around the World and Back: Fyodor Konyukhov] (in Russian). Planeta.by. June 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Russian traveler Fyodor Konyukhov ordained to deaconship". Kyiv Post. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "Fyodor Konyukhov: Biography". konyukhov.ru. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Paintings and graphics". www.mmoma.ru. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Home". vendeeglobe.org.
  7. ^ Simon Brown (7 May 2008). "Fyodor finishes solo Antarctic sail". ABC News. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  8. ^ Calkhoven, Laurie; Herndon, Ryan (1 February 2006). Guinness world records fearless feats: incredible records of human achievement. Scholastic. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-439-71565-2. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  9. ^ a b "World Record - Round-The-World Flight". Cameron Balloons. 15 August 2016. Archived from the original on 7 May 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Russian adventurer breaks world hot air balloon record". ABC News. ABC-Australia. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  11. ^ Bruce Atkinson (24 September 2015). "Russian adventurer Fyodor Konyukhov sets sights on around-the-world solo balloon record". ABC News. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  12. ^ a b Andrew Bisharat (22 July 2016). "Russian Adventurer Completes Round-the-World Ballooning Record". National Geographic. Archived from the original on 25 July 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Around-the-world helium balloon build begins in Bristol". BBC News. 16 October 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  14. ^ Briana Shepherd (11 July 2016). "Russian adventurer Fyodor Konyukhov prepares to launch solo hot-air balloon mission in WA". ABC News. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  15. ^ Sarah Taillier (13 June 2016). "Russian balloon record tilt held up by Perth customs 'delay'". ABC News. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  16. ^ ""Around the World on Roziere Balloon". Fyodor Konyukhov. Retrieved 24 July 2016". Archived from the original on 27 July 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  17. ^ "Fyodor Konyukhov breaks world hot air balloon record". Al Jazeera. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  18. ^ "Balloon World Records". Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. Archived from the original on 8 September 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  19. ^ Fyodor Konyukhov (17 September 2016). "Experience: I flew solo around the world in a hot-air balloon". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  20. ^ Bennett, Magnus (11 November 2019). "The adventurer who is heading to the stratosphere". BBC News.
  21. ^ "Fr. Feodor Koniukhov concludes his expedition through Ethiopia / OrthoChristian.Com".
  22. ^ "Russian explorer set to break circumnavigation record in hot air balloon". Guinness World Records. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2017.

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