Fyodor Konyukhov

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Fedor Konyukhov, 2012

Fedor Filippovich Konyukhov (Russian: Фёдор Филиппович Конюхов; born December 12, 1951) is a Russian survivalist, traveller and yacht captain, balloon pilot. He was born in the village of Chkalovo, Pryazovskyi Raion, Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukrainian SSR. In December 2010, he was ordained as an Eastern Orthodox priest in Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate).[1]


In 1983, Fedor Konyukhov was admitted to the Union of Artists of the USSR (he was the youngest member at that moment). 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.

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.

Fedor 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.

2015г. - Global Ambassadors for Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors.

Travel adventures[edit]

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. 2007 - 2008 first person to sail “Antarctica Cup”. Non-stop, solo circumnavigation around the Antarctica. The route: Albany, Western Australia – Cape Horn – Cape of Good Hope – Cape Leeuwin, Albany. It took Fedor 102 days to round Antarctica.

Konyukhov has set world records, notably crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a row-boat URALAZ in 46 days,[2] the best 24-hour distance in the same boat (110 miles).

From December 22, 2013 to May 31, 2014 Fyodor Konyukhov crossed the Pacific ocean starting in the Chilean port of Concon and finishing in Australian town of Mooloolaba (Sunshine Coast) without entering ports and without any external help or assistance. He covered the distance of more than 17408 km (9400 nautical miles) on the Turgoyak (K9) rowboat in just 160 days.[3]

2000 (March) – Completed the longest dog race IDITAROD – 1.150 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 Fedor Konyukhov fulfilled an expedition cross Ethiopia, covering more than 1000 km of route.[4]

Explorers Grand Slam[edit]

Fedor is the first Russian mountaineer to complete the 7 Summits challenge for which a person must climb the highest mountains of each of the seven major 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. 1992 (26 of February) — Elbrus (Europe/Russia)

1992 (14 of May) — Everest (Asia) — (in the AvtoVAZ team)

1996 (19 of January) — Winson Massif (Antarctica)

1996 (09 of March) — Aconcagua (South America)

1997 (18 of February) — Kilimanjaro (Africa)

1997 (17 of April) — Mt. Kosciusko (Australia)

1997 (26 of May) — Mt. McKinley (North America) — (in the team)

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


Konyukhov has been awarded the Order of Friendship of Peoples.


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