On May 13, 2002 saw
two Chinese adventurers ride up the
slopes on the North Face of Mt Everest to reach an altitude of 20,065
feet. These two courageous people wrote history by entering the
Guinness Book of Records for having taken their vehicles to THE HIGHEST ALTITUDE REACHED BY A MOTOR VEHICLE.
March 04, 2005 Matthias Jeschke from Germany drove a Toyota Land
to an altitude of 20,860 feet on the slopes on the volcano Ojos del
on the Chile-Argentina border thus bettering the record held by the
adventurers. Not happy with his record
Matthias along with Dieter Gloss rode their Jeep Wrangler up the slopes
of the same volcano to an unprecedented altitude of
feet. According to Matthias this record would never be broken.
A month later Gonzalo Bravo and Eduardo Canales, two
Chileans proved Matthias wrong by driving their 1986 modified Suzuki
Samurai on the slopes of the same volcano to an altitude of 21,942
feet to claim the record for themselves.
And soon, three
will attempt to break this record by riding
vehicles to a targeted altitude of 23,000 feet to break the record
for the fifth time since it was first set in 2003.
Where will the attempt take place?
The current record to beat is 21,942 feet. And there is no other point
anywhere in the world that is higher and all future attempts at
bettering the record will have to be conducted on the mountains in Asia. With the mighty Himalayas as our Northern sentinels, the
choice of terrain is actually very easy. We are looking at three
geographies for the attempt. The first is where the record was first
set - the North Face of Mt Everest. The other
option is the lowest of the 8000ers - the 8013m Mt Shishapangma, the
only 8000er that is entirely within Chinese territory. The third is Mt
Muztagata, in northwestern China, allegedly the easiest 7500m peak in
the world. All three routes
offer a possibility of reaching 23,000 feet, our target altitude. The
final decision on which peak to make the attempt on will be made at the
time of the expedition and will depend on the weather conditions
prevailing on the mountains at that time.
On THE LONGEST MILE expedition three OutThere Adventurers will
base themselves on the gorgeous Himalayas and
take on the unforgiving mountain in an attempt to break the Guinness
team is being led by Chandan Lahiri who is a double world record holder
and the designer of OutThere Adventurers expeditions. Sarosh Cooper is
another world record holder in endurance motorbiking,
scuba diver and skydiver. The third member of the team is Sarosh's
Burgess, yet another world record holder and a PADI certified scuba
The Attempt Vehicle
What we need to
achieve this momentous journey is a machine that will
perform better than humans possibly will. Wind speeds of more than 100
miles per hour,
an altitude that is labelled The Death Zone, steep inclines, glaciers,
boulders, rocks and scree, not to mention the rarefied air where even
the tying of shoe laces is a chore that takes an awfully long time.
That is what man and machine will be
We will either be using custmised motorcycles or ATVs for the effort. We are designing the vehicles and a decision will be taken after conducting tests at high altitude n conditions that closely simulate the terrain that will be expected. Whether bikes or ATVs, they will be specially modified
and customised to meet the unique demands of the expedition - geared to climb up a 50 degree gradient, tackle ice
shelves, ride over rocks and boulders ... all at temperatures that are
expected to be well below freezing and atmospheric oxygen, one third
that of the plains.
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