Happy anniversary!

Photo from the archive of Fedor Konyukhov
Photo from the archive of Fedor Konyukhov

A famous Russian explorer, a member of the Russian Geographical Society, a writer and an artist Fedor Konyukhov, is celebrating his 65th anniversary today.

Fedor Filippovich was born the 12th of December, 1951.

He took his first trip when he was 15 years old - he crossed the Sea of Azov on a fishing rowboat. There are more than 40 expeditions and ascents in his biography.

Fedor Konyukhov visited all the continents and the two poles, implemented a solo circumnavigation on the yacht without stopping for the first time in the history of Russia. He crossed the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans himself, having broken the world records. One more record of Konyukhov was set by him in the sky - for the duration of the flight in hot air balloons.

He became the first Russian, who managed to execute «The Grand slam» program - to conquer the North Pole, the South Pole, the Everest Mount.

Fedor Konyukhov has been a member of the Russian Geographical Society since the year of 1979. The honorary polar explorer Ivan Papanin was taking him to the Russian Geographical Society.

There are the following recent travels of the brave explorer – the Pacific transition on the rowing boat from continent to continent (2013-2014), establishment of Russian and world records for the duration of the flight in hot air balloons (March, 2015, January, 2016), joint expedition with Victor Simonov by dog sledding «The Onejskoye Pomorie 2016» (February, 2016).

The 23rd of July, 2016 he set a world record for a single trip around the world in a balloon, having rounded the Earth in 11 days.

Fedor Konyukhov won many various awards, the order-award UNEP Global 500 for his contribution to protection of environment, UNESCO Prize «For fair play», FAI / Breitling Award «Pilot of the Year 2016» are amongst them.

Konyukhov is being the owner of the gold medal named after Nikolay Miklukho-Maklay (2014) as well.

The award is given for research in field of ethnography, anthropology, historical geography, cultural heritage; for outstanding travel in Russia and abroad; achievements in the field of preservation of historical and cultural heritage.

The Russian Geographical Society heartily congratulates Fedor Filippovich on his jubilee and wishes him new heights!