Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov is preparing for one more challenge in his life. He has announced his intention to break the record for the longest ever trip on a hot air balloon, with a volume of 10,000 cubic metres.
Konyukhov spoke about his plans at a meeting on Monday, November 11th at the Reshetnev Siberian State University of Science and Technology. As reported by the Russian news agency Tass, Konyukhov said, “I have broken all ballooning records, however, a Japanese man had the longest distance covered with a 10,000 cubic metre one … He covered 3,500 km with 10,000 cubic metres. We want to beat this, so that we would be first in this area as well.”
For his starting point, Konyukhov has chosen Krasnoyarsk, the third largest city in Siberia. He claimed, “This is the centre of Russia, which is good. It is far away from everything, and the starting point fits. However, we have not decided yet whether to fly this year or the next one.” He noted that such a trip should take place in the cold season.
The 67-year-old Orthodox priest has visited the North and South Poles, climbed Mount Everest twice, crossed the Atlantic (17 times) and Pacific Oceans in a rowing boat and made five voyages around the world.
Fedor Konyukhov is also a member of the Russian Academy of Arts, and an artist who has produced more than three thousand paintings.