Marcin Gienieczko
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O MNIE PL GB D RUS

Marcin Gienieczko was born in Kętrzyn in 1978. He is a journalist by profession. Travelling, sailing and taking photographs are his great passions. He started with hikes in the Tatra and Bieszczady Mountains. He organized a cycling expedition round Poland. He wandered Europe along length and breadth. He climbed mountains in Spain and Romania. He explored northern regions of Mongolia on horseback getting at the Tsaan tribe. He visited Kurdistan and China. He wrote several articles about the Shaolin temples. During his stay there he was also learning kung fu and deepening his knowledge about Zen. Lost in the Siberian taiga he survived by a miracle. He was sailing a boat on the beautiful Lake Baykal. Like Ernest Hemingway he was catching marlins and tunnies off the coast of Libya. He lead a happy life in Monte Carlo. He floated the Vistula River on a raft. He has spent three week in Lapland lately. His reports were published in Playboy, Maxim, Życie, Sukces and Gazeta Olsztyńska. He has been cooperating with such magazines as Maxim, Wiedza i Życie, Playboy. His main aim is to work for National Geographic Magazine. He also cooperated with many companies such as NESTLE POLSKA, CAMPUS, PHILIPS. He gives interviews on television and radio. He's the author of two exibitions "Sentimental travels" and "Pyrenees by foot". Marcin is a member of Polish Journalists' Association as well as International Federation of Journalist. He set up a private agency PerDido. His motto: "Live strongly and intensively". Tybet

 

Marcin Gienieczko's previous expeditions:

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:

INTERESTS AND HOBBIES:

sailing, diving, mechanics, football, swimming, motorized, films, Internet, travelling

 More information:

I am travelling, sailing and taking photographs. There are my great passions. I started with hikes in the Tatra and Bieszczady Mountains. I organized a cycling expedition around Poland. I wandered Europe along length and breadth. I climbed mountains in Spain and Romania. I explored northern regions of Mongolia on horseback getting at the Tsaan tribe. I visited Kurdistan and China. I wrote several articles about the Shaolin temples. During his stay there I was also learning kung fu and deepening my knowledge about Zen. Lost in the Siberian taiga I survived by a miracle. I was sailing a boat on the beautiful Lake Baykal. Like Ernest Hemingway I was catching marlins and tunnies off the coast of Libya.

More then one person died just from standing in one place.

The purpose of the explorer’s journey is to go from the south to the north of Canada. In temperatures of -45ºC, the explorer, moving on skis, snowshoes and in a dog-sled, has to travel a route of more than 2,000 kilometres. The Rocky Mountains and the immense Canadian forests will become his home. In such places, you can still hear how the heart beats.

Marcin works for many magazines. He is a correspondent of Olsztyn Radio. His reports on expeditions were also shown on TV.

 

 

NEW EXPEDITION!

Next Expeditions!. In 2018 I plan to realize an expedition to the South Pole â “ starting  Berkner Island to the Pole and back Hercules Inlet.. On the 4th of June I start my journey my jacht KRISPOL  from Poland to Oslo. On 11th of June in The National Maritime Museum in Oslo I will get the sleigh that will be used during the expedition to the South Pole. The Acapulco company is preparing the sleigh. I really appreciate Norway as a country from which derive the best polar explorers in the world.

Marcin Gienieczko officially certified Guinness World Record !!!

 

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/longest-journey-by-canoe-%28kayak%29-solo

 

http://biurorekordow.pl/najdluzsza-podroz-canoe-rekord-guinnessa/

 

The Commission analyzed the whole expedition thanks to the two satellite transmitters, which transmitted the speed and distance every 10 minutes. None of the previously completed expeditions had no such documentation. It is also worth to underline that the distance was calculated from the GPS and two spots. A lot of people do not know how the Guinness committee works. They have their own rules, analysts and experts. Finally World Committee considered my expedition as a world record and in the same time the previous record that belonged to Helen Skelton from Great Britain was beaten. I would like to stress that many people do not understand how the Guinness analysis works but a lot of people count on its own record. Everyone knows that beating the Guinness record gives prestige and worldwide recognition. A lot of people having in mind the Guinness World Records think only about the record itself but finally it consists of and depends on many factors. The materials must be submitted three months before the expedition, these are the requirements of Guinness, if you want to apply for the record. It was necessary to develop a special trail with the dedicated GPS-route with the every day stages after 80 and 100 km. I was obligated to present each day of the route, both in the form of description, table of mileage and the drawn route. I was also obliged to give the approximate time of completing the distance / assumption. Before each expedition you need to specify and establish the route of the expedition and then you have to go in line with the specified plan, this is extremely difficult to plan a real adventure.

The whole route of my expedition is registered and available on:

 

http://www.soloamazon.info/tracking/

 

http://www.gienieczko.pl/pdf/triatlon.xls.pdf

 

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1TRb_qsPUUqWU0VKDuMCd8V-5Q9w

 

The project was also reported by the global extreme sports portal such as Explorersweb.com 

 

http://www.explorersweb.com/oceans/news.php?url=marcin-gienieczko-i-won-the-fight-agains_144309682

http://www.explorersweb.com/oceans/news.php?url=marcin-gienieczko-documentation_1448539876

 

As far as I know a new extreme expedition is in the phase of preparation, they are going to beat my record ( what is interesting I am in touch with them and help them to prepare)http://www.otasurvivalschool.com/down-the-amazon/

I am really proud helping them because from my perspective that is the right attitude.

The fact that the global and independent institution such as Guinness World Records officially announced that I set a world record crossing the Amazon river in a canoe is only a part of my own record. From my perspective it is not only about crossing the Amazon river but also many years of the other expeditions and crossing Mackenzie, Lena and Rio Napo.

I have also started in Jukon River Quest but because of the kidney stones had to quit after 400 km including 320 km with even no one minute of sleep.

I have also crossed Labarge lake it took 48 km in 9 hours in a cargo canoe and Baltyk sea from Borholm to Darłowo - 110 km in 27 hours and 30 minutes and after all those expeditions I decided to cross legendary Amazon river!

 

MY EXPEDITION AMAZON !!!

 

 

Crossing of South America is a logistical challenge. Just as big as winning the South Pole, because in this expedition from the very beginning logistic ruled. Starting from sending canoe after getting up the source of the Amazon Nevado Mismi. Please find below the video of the expedition to the source of the Amazon. That's how it started: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGw-Z1Vq4lc

Logistic from the beginning to the end. Then riding the bike through the Andes, enter the height of 4700 meters and then exit. The next stage- Apurimac river and the city of San Francisco, from 31st of May I started the flow and finished it on the 1st of September. So fast crossing of Amazon would not be possible without the cooperation with Kacper Jurak, who prepared me a special GPS maps and Adam Wasilewski, we spent together many weeks to prepare the project. It is also a big challenge in terms of the preparation. A year earlier, I swam the Rio Napo. You can not just like that take a canoe without any experience and swim the Amazon. I was taking the example from Piotr Chmieliński, who first floated the Amazon from the source. He swam the rivers of South America for almost 6 years he started to cross Amazon river. I was swimming for 7 years, but only the rivers of North America, and that's a huge difference, that is why I decided to swim the Rio Napo. Chmieliński encouraged me to swim Napo, and then to swim Amazon and to Belem.

I replied immediately that I was not interested. Every professional traveler is one who has a clear goal clear and precisely knows what he wants from each other and from the adventure. My goal was one - to start from the place where it is possible to drain the canoe. I started from Apurmiack from the first rapids of water that could capsize a canoe. I began on 31st of May, there was no other expedition in the same time. Why? Because each of them wanted to cross the mountain river - one Mantaro, another Apurimac, as far as I know both of them are technically difficult, although Apurimac from what I know is more demanding. According to the descriptions opours and whirlpools of Ene river are 10 meters big in October-. It is known that most water flows from Andes in May, and it is known that at the time Ene and Tambo is not a lowland river, although according to descriptions of the case. In May and June they resemble mountain rivers and have huge vortices - in October they are 10 meters big, at the beginning of June they were 16 meters and you could safely hidden inside two connected paddles. It can be confirmed by Gadiel Sanchez Rivera, accompanied me as a bow in my canoe from San Francisco to Atalay - we sailed along the River Apurimac for 60 km, Ene and Tambo. At Tambo we had some problems - we had to enlist the help of a boat, that pulled us on the rope to the shore because the canoe was stuck in the funnel, it took so much water that I almost lost my boat. It was the same on Ene, but then we were lucky and we could manage everything without help. Craters were powerful, I never had the experience of vortices, I had the experience with rapids on Athabasca River, when I was sailing solo Mckenzie river system in 2005. Below you can find the video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKaS2UqsiFg Big problems started from Santarem, when the river became even more demanding. When I influenced Para river, my daily distance was almost 30 km, sometimes 40 km a day. High boards of a canoe on such large basins are like recessed. At such high waters canoe is not able to flow. But I fought. In 2012, I sailed from Bornholm to Darłów for 28 hours - non-stop rowing across the Baltic Sea. Then I swam 5 km per hour, I was able to do it because I had the weather window , there was no wind, no ripples. It was 28 hours, but you can not have such a lucky to have it for 14 days. Ocean wave from the Atlantic to the Gulf in front of Belem was 2 meters height. Sailing at the shore tidal wave capsized me, everything was wet and again I had to prepare everything from the beginning. It was a struggle. But before Belem it was getting harder and harder, large tides began, the water rises and falls every 6 hours and swims once up, once down the river. Within six hours I could do 45 km. I think that canoe gives better opportunities, but it is slower and has more resistance, so it has an impact on wind and speed. On the fast riversit may be equal to the canoe, which confirms the legendary race of Yukon River Quest. Competitors in a canoe end their voyage approximately 4 hours after the fastest kayaks, so it's not bad, worthy competition.

My trip was purely sporting .As I have two sons, my motivation was to quickly return home. But it was also a wake-up call for me to make a sports trip because I know I'm good at long-distance swimming. For this reason I decided to do it in sporting style. I reached Belem on 1st of September at 15.26.

IT is true.

 

EXPEDITION DEFEAT THE NORTH

 
Each man should do several things but a real globetrotter should organize an expedition which will examine his psyche and physical strenth. The best place to do this is a huge space of the north. There is no place for amatours but only for experienced globetrotters there.
The north is a place where the snow covers the whole boundaries and the frost kills within 15 minutes. A romantic world described by Jack London – unfriendly although the full of majesty. Only strong and fearless people can stay and live there. The kingdom of emptiness, silence and stillnes. Cold is the enemy. The route of the expedition will be run through the regions of the Northern Norway, Kola Peninsule, Russia, Canada, Siberia.
A globetrotter will take part in a dog team and sled race as a filmmaker and photographer. From Kirovsk he will start his expedition across Kola Peninsule alone. In the middle of the journey he will reach the village of Krasnoshelie – the centre of Eskimo culture where he wants to learn the life of natives. This part of the journey will last about 2 months. After that, he will return to Poland.
The next goal of the expedition is Canada. The globetrotter is going to cross the Mackenzie Mountains which are a part of the Rocky Mountains from Norman Wells to Ross River. Ross River is a small settlement in the Yukon Territory. From there Marcin wants to float the Pelly River to the legendary town called Dawson City.
In January 2009 Marcin is going to start the third stage of his expedition – exploring Siberia (Kolyma river in fact). The place of Stalin’s terror. This expedition will start in Ust-Srednekan. The goal of this expedition is to reach East-Siberian Sea. It will be the most extreme stage of the whole expedition. He will be hiking in temperatures – 40 º C.

Expedition ”Defeat the north”

1st stage of the expedition

26 th February – 22 nd April 2008 Northern Norway
• taking part in a part in a dog team and sled race as a filmmaker and photographer in Finnmarkslopet region
• crossing Kola Peninsule along Ponoj River

2 nd stage

20 th July – 10th September 2008
• crossing Mackenzie Mountains from Norman Wells to Ross River

3 rd stage

3 rd January – 15th April 2009
• crossing Syberia along Kolyma River (2000 km)

 



http://askyakutia.com/2012/07/marcin-gienieczko-the-polish-adventurer-is-sailing-on-a-canoe-on-the-lena-river-from-its-estuary-to-the-delta-his-stay-in-yakutsk-photos/
http://www.explorersweb.com/trek/news.php?url=amazon-marcin-gienieczko_1423151189
 

Project Amazon 2015 is a unique one divided into 2 stages. The goal of the first stage is to cross the world's longest river ( Amazon ) in canoe and run down one of the longest tributary of the Amazon Rio Napo river! On the one hand the project is filled with passion and adventure desire, but on the other full of a lot of different risks and dangers. Second stage  - from the Pacific to the Atlantic – starts in  5 May2015. It will be the culmination of the whole preparation. I will start from Lima - cycling through the Andes for 750  km to Louisiana in the company of a car that will be carrying a canoe and the whole equipment. Then, from Luis (Peru Ayacucho region famous for the production of drugs) to Belem (6130 km) I'll begin my lonely canoe rafting.

My location can be traced through the Spot Tracer transmitter. Every 10 minutes, my geographical location will be sent to the headquarter in Poland,  twice a day, another message will be transmitted from the another transmitter. Updates about my  expedition will be transmitted via Inmarsat BGAN links - a world leader in mobile satellite communications, which provides simultaneous voice and broadband data.

I was born in 1978. I'm a journalist by profession but photography and extreme travelling is my passion. I am also a member of the Polish Adventure Club, I cooperate with “Żagle”,  ,, Angora" magazines and with TVN24. I used to be a sailor sailing under the Dutch flag.

 What I have visited and reached?

-         I have sailed the biggest Alaskan river Jukon (3100km)in the canoe the whole Mackanzie  river system (4000km) and Syberian river – Lena (4328 km)

-         I went through the Mackenzie mountains (350 km)

-         went through Kolyma river on ski at - 53 ° C (600 km)

-         have crossed Australia by bicycle - from North to South, and the Sahara desert on camels in Mali

The purpose of my next expedition is to cross in a canoe (traditional rowing boat or sail) of the Rio Napo and  the world's largest river - Amazon. All details can be found under Project Amazon in 2015, and for more information about me on the official website: www.gienieczko.pl

I became Energa Sports Ambassador because I want to promote physical activity and positive attitudes among children - especially the enjoyment of sport and personal development. Energa Sport ambassadors are people with outstanding sporting achievements - Olympic medalists, World Champions, European Champions,  both players and athletes who are still active and those who have completed a career. They are always likely to be as a model and inspiration for children who want to be active, for which an important part of their life is a sport and recreation.

 

As I fought with Amazon ???

MY STORY...

 

I swam to Belem. I became 13th person in the world that has passed the Amazon river system and the first person that has passed the Amazon from San Francisco to Belem in a canoe, it took 94 days. It was a big challenge and a lot of sacrifices - from the family side begining. For four months I had to leave two sons, 3-year-old Leon and 5-year-old Igor, as well as the house that should have been finished. Fortunately my wife is more resourceful than I am.

 Crossing of  South America is a logistical challenge. Just as big as winning the South Pole, because in this expedition from the very beginning logistic ruled. Starting from sending canoe after getting up the source of the Amazon Nevado Mismi. Please find below the video of the expedition to the source of the Amazon. That's how it started: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGw-Z1Vq4lc

Logistic from the beginning to the end. Then riding the bike through the Andes, enter the height of 4700 meters and then exit. The next stage- Apurimac river and the city of San Francisco, from 31st of May I started the flow and finished it  on the 1st of September. So fast  crossing of Amazon would not be possible without the cooperation with Kacper Jurak, who prepared me a special GPS maps and Adam Wasilewski, we spent together many weeks to prepare the project. It is also a big challenge in terms of the preparation. A year earlier, I swam the Rio Napo. You can not just like that take a canoe without any experience and swim the Amazon. I was taking the example from Piotr Chmieliński, who first floated the Amazon from the source. He swam the rivers of South America for almost 6 years he started to cross Amazon river. I was swimming for 7 years, but only the rivers of North America, and that's a huge difference, that is why I decided to swim the Rio Napo. Chmieliński encouraged me to swim Napo, and then to swim Amazon and to Belem.

I replied immediately that I was not interested. Every professional traveler is one who has a clear goal clear and precisely knows what he wants from each other and from the adventure. My goal was one - to start from the place where it is possible to drain the canoe. I started from Apurmiack from the first rapids of water that could capsize a canoe. I began on 31st of May, there was no other expedition in the same time. Why? Because each of them wanted to cross the mountain river - one Mantaro, another Apurimac, as far as I know both of them are technically difficult, although Apurimac from what I know is more demanding. Piotr Chmieliński crossed that river in 1985. But hefloated in the most safety month for kayak (he sailed a dinghy or mountain kayak), it was in October, just as other expeditions followed. Because Triathlon was my goal, I started at the end of May and it was really very dangerous thing to do. According to the descriptions of "Nurtem  Amazonki" pours and whirlpools of Ene river  are  10 meters big in October-. It is known that most water flows from Andes in May,  and it is known that at the time Ene and Tambo is not a lowland river, although according to descriptions of the case. In May and June they resemble mountain rivers and have huge vortices - in October they are 10 meters big, at the beginning of June they were 16 meters and you could safely hidden inside two connected paddles. It can be confirmed by Gadiel Sanchez Rivera, accompanied me as a bow in my canoe from San Francisco to Atalay - we sailed along the River Apurimac for 60 km, Ene and Tambo. At Tambo we had some problems - we had to enlist the help of a boat, that pulled us on the rope to the shore because the canoe was stuck in the funnel, it took  so much water that I almost lost my boat. It was the same on Ene, but then we were lucky and we could manage everything without help. Craters were powerful, I never had the experience of vortices, I had the experience with rapids on  Athabasca River, when I was sailing solo Mckenzie river system in 2005. Below you can find the video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKaS2UqsiFg

 

River Tambo tried to swallow us, from Pojeni the river became very fast. We reached Atalay. Gadiel Sanchez Rivera became the head of the logistics of the expedition,he  accompanied me at various points on Ucayali river. We met and organized accommodation, food, safe places. He fulfills the same role during the expedition with Ed Strafford, when from Satipo he went on foot along the banks of the Amazon. Ucayali river is slow, but I was able to cross it in 19 days. That's very fast for a slow river that meanders through the heart of the jungle of South America. Wall of the forest for the left and right side, heat, 40 degrees and me in the canoe. Packaging has always been the heaviest, I drank electrolytes, swallowed pills, vitamins and eat my space food like spaghetti or stew powder, etc. A few times a snake crept into the tent andI had therefore horrible pain than ever. I had to to crush his tail with the paddle or preferably cut off the head and tail with a machete. It's a dangerous job, but excellent lessons of survival that gave me Gadiel Sanchez Rivera. Thanks to him I managed to cross Ucayali, which was  really dangerous, people are less friendly, you can not just get in a canoe or kayak and sail as some kayakers from Tri-City did and paid for it with their lives. You have to have special permission on the river Ene, Tambo, Ucayali to show them the local ,, Marshals”, chiefs of villages. We had such an experience on  the Ene, when the locals gave two warning shots up, and one aimed straight at us. The bullet struck the stone near the canoe. Then we knew that we had to stop. How heavy region it is you ca read in the book "The expedition along the Amazon," in which Ed Straffor described the region. Many think that this is the region you can travel. If so, why Explorer Website provides that 12 people only paced in a kayak the Amazon-one of them - Ed Strafford. No other did not. It speaks for itself. Amazon teaches determination and perseverance.

When these features do not exist, you will not flow so great river. "Marcin, focus on the nearest ports and purposes" - marked the steady correspondence with me and my team Piotr Chmieliński. Times have changed, but the river did not. The same the Southern Ocean had not changed –it is still very  dangerous. You need to think- then you can survive. Sometimes I say to others: "You know, why do I exist ?? because I try to anticipate the situation in advance .So much to be done in such a project. Starting with the flow of Iquitos, when the Ucayali river and Maranion link each other and Amazon begins , from that point the river gets big and fast  Sometimes I could sail 100 km a day, because in June there is  a large amount of water from the Andes, and the river flooded, the river was fast, sometimes 14 km per hour. Aleksander Doba, who tried to swim across the Amazon in 2011, wrote on the blog: "The river flows so fast as at Dunajec  turn" and he is the only person who can say something  about this, because he swam the Amazon in a heavy ocean kayak in June. This is what I have to say when I was sailing in a canoe, which weighs 40 kg? The river became even faster from Tabatingi to Manaus, the speed sometimes was 13 km per hour. But really fast it was at the end of June before the border with Kolumbia- the speed was 18 km per hour. I had one goal from Pucalpy - to cross this part of the Amazon in sport style as fast as possible. From Iquitos I started to dream about  crossing Amazon in a canoe less than in 100 days. And I did it – I swam the Amazon in 94 days in a canoe and this is an absolute world record in long-distance canoe flow. You can not of course compare canoe to sea kayak, because it is the same as if someone would like to compare WRC to F1. This can not be done. I had different thoughts while doing this project. During Rod Stewart concert, my wife Ala began to cry, fearing that something happens to me. Coming to the airport just before departure to Lima asked me why I was doing such a huge project when we had children. Only now I had so much knowledge and experience that I could make it happen-I replied driving a car to Warsaw. Earlier, I swam the river Lena, many rivers in the Yukon as a guide, among other things canoe and the river itself Yukon, the Mackenzie river system etc but Amazon is a great river. Fighting with it does not make sense, you need to love it and live with  it – if you want to do it differently you will not succeed. You can not to think about the final, but about short goals- that is what will happen in 10 days, not in 2 months. Otherwise I would have gone crazy. I rowed 11 hours a day, I could not more because it was getting dark, and I did not want to swim in the darkness, although a couple of times I had to. Near Ichitary I almost died. Entering the port I did not notice a large mooring which was moored to a buoy. A large line almost cut off my head. It was terrible. I was to meet with local port Captain. They knew that the large ships moor here and decided to come and greet me.They came just in time because the fast current just hated me on the rope, thick as a hand of MMA fighter. They saved my life, drew a canoe of 10 cm from the rope, I  threw them then bow mooring line. It was my great good fortune and divine assistance. In general I received a lot of support from God, so I decided to give my canoe as a gift or left in Maritime Museum in Gdansk.  Energa - my main sponsor decided to help me to bring a canoe back.  I believe that keep his word as I have kept that I'll swim the Amazon.

Big problems started from Santarem, when the river became even more demanding. When I  influenced  Para river, my daily distance was almost 30 km, sometimes 40 km a day. High boards of a canoe on such large basins are like recessed. At such high waters canoe is not able to flow. But I fought. In 2012, I sailed from Bornholm to Darłów for 28 hours - non-stop rowing across the Baltic Sea. Then I swam 5 km per hour, I was able to do it because I had the weather window , there was no wind, no ripples. It was 28 hours, but you can not have such a lucky to have it for 14 days. Ocean wave from the Atlantic to the Gulf in front of Belem was 2 meters height. Sailing at the shore tidal wave capsized me, everything was wet and again I had to prepare everything from the beginning. It was a struggle. But before Belem it was getting harder and harder, large tides began, the water rises and falls every 6 hours and swims once up, once down the river. Within six hours I could do 45 km. Piotrr Chmieliński from Brewis to Belem sailed in four days, I wonder how it is possible, but a sea kayak is like a F1, they quickly penetrates and flows. They crossed the bay boldly,my  canoe would not have a chance, so I had to sail down the bay to inter-island do traverse the bay, which was tough and demanding, but at this stage I had a boat that  government of Para state guaranteed me - governor and commander of the Para state security thanks to the efforts of the Polish Embassy. Peter Chmieliński in 1986 in a sea kayak from Manaus to Belem sailed in 31 days I did it in a canoe in 36 days. From Brewish to Belem he sailed in four days, I did it in 10 days, but all the time I had to underline that I did it in a canoe. I think that canoe gives better opportunities, but it is slower and has more resistance, so it has an impact on wind and speed. On the fast riversit may be equal to the canoe, which confirms the legendary race of Yukon River Quest. Competitors in a canoe end their voyage approximately 4 hours after the fastest kayaks, so it's not bad, worthy competition.

 

My trip was purely sporting .As I have two sons, my motivation was to quickly return home. But it was also a wake-up call for me to make a sports trip because I know I'm good at long-distance swimming. For this reason I decided to do it in sporting style. I reached Belem on 1st of September at  15.26.

And I decided to finish canoe sailing, this step is behind me. Someday  I will swim with my boys on the Yukon to Alaska. Now I am going to concentrate on the race. Tomorrow, 4th of September I start may longest run in the whole life- 80 km toward the Atlantic to finish South America’s traverse. It's hard- hot and humidity, but the challenges have to be like that , otherwise the world would stop. Amazon traverse I dedicate to my youngest son 3 year old Leon. I want him to know that nothing does exist until we find a new solution. Amazonka taught me that- look for solutions and push against. For the rest of my life.

More about the expedition you can find on: www.gienieczko.pl

Goal achieved!

Gienieczko reaches South America, 700 km by bike through the Andes -4750 m, 5980 km in a canoe, 80km of slow-run = unsinkable

 

http://www.soloamazon.info/tracking/

 

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zehJnKdPpP7g.k5tzhUG0k2tQ

 

 A man must be stronger than the conditions he found. Gienieczko belives that : Everybody dies but not everyone knows how to live a life without being afraid of the sky, deep sea, big lizard, I squat only before God and move forward. In this world survive only  those who see in the dark in advance. 4th of September 2015, 21.40-14 hours and 40 minutes of slow-run after 94 days of sitting in a canoe, the same final handle is a success. Goal achieved. 111 days of pushing since 17th of May. This trip showed me that in order to survive you have to look for solutions in every situation. Thank you for your participation in this project, reading about the adventures of my strength and my pushing.

Once I asked my friend how to live? The answer was simple, be honest to yourself. I have two sons, I fight since my childhood, everything in order not to prove myself (this lifetime is behind me), but to show the children from different places in Polandthat if you want  to achieve anything in life you have to be persistent , you need to have a strong focus combined with life's mission . Olympic champion Robert Korzeniowski said: I walked a lot in my life to achieve something. And the same is with the exploration, competitive sports, business, family life. Triathlon through South America showed me that if you want to achieve something you should have three qualities: perseverance, enthusiasm and motivation. The mission was successful.

The project was presented in  the biggest daily TV in Poland FAKTY TVN. We encourage you to take a look at the summary of the expedition.

http://fakty.tvn24.pl/ogladaj-online,60/niezwykly-triathlon-marcina-gienieczko,574651.html

Each of you, my dear friends, find its Westerplatte.

 It is worth to listen and understand, you must demand from yourselves that means to be more for others.

Marcin motivation: Jan Paweł II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2ZPCuMj4ik

Please find photo relation on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GienieczkoMarcin/photos/pcb.933231930081522/933231576748224/?type=1&theater

 

I would like to thank Piotr Chmieliński for his help, experience and many useful information. Hi is the first kayaker who sailed The Amazon River from the source of a river to Atlantic Ocean,Thank you for Miroslaw Raiter and Energa and Uniqa.

Photo story about expeditions amazonbest regards

More informations:

Pismo Ambasada Brazyli

http://www.gienieczko.pl/pdf/ambabraz.pdf

http://www.explorersweb.com/oceans/news.php?url=marcin-gienieczkos-south-american-crossi_143214253

 

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The first-ever crossing of the Antarctic on a yacht

You can’t just do one thing and  then live off that (like our footballers from the 80s, who keep saying, „Jacek, we used to be better in the 80s, we played well… say it now instead of dwelling on the past”), you can’t specialise in one discipline. To be the best, you have to be versatile. Only then can you survive. Only then can you show the true colours of an Explorer. Only then can you make history in world-class exploring.
Today, there is only one such person–Mike Horn. Will there be more? It all depends on strength, enthusiasm, motivation, health and Spartan discipline.

„I beileve in what I do, and that gives me strenght” Marcin Gienieczko

•          PROJECT: "Solo Antarctica"
- A walk through the icy desert

 PROJECT: "Solo Antarctica"
- A walk through the icy desert

Below, I present the preparatory programme and the expedition itself. I can’t afford small projects anymore. I have too much will to fight. When in 1911 Amundsen, and soon after him Scott, conquered the South Pole, their rival, Ernest Shackleton, set off in 1914 on
„the last great journey in the world” – to cross the Antarctic from one end to the other. His plan failed, the ship got stuck in the Antarctic ice.

•          PROJECT: "Solo Antarctica"

Year 2016

•          Training to finish a half-marathon (May 2016), a 22 km long run in mountain boots with weights at the ankles.

•          Since 5th January 2016, gathering specialist equipment.

•          4th – 18th June – sailing on a yacht: start – Gdańsk (National Maritime Museum);
finish - Oslo (Fram Museum)
Gdańsk – a meet-up with the legend of polar exploration, Borg Ousland – 12-14 days
of sailing across the Baltic Sea. Training before the Southern Ocean.

•          25th July – 2nd October – hiking 1500 km solo with a cart
and a backpack over the Altai Mountains in Mongolia
Traversing the Altai Mountains – a passage over the Mongolian Range to Kazakhstan
(along the crest). The first-ever passage over the Altai in the world
(walking distance equal to the distance from the Southern Ocean to the South Pole).

Year 2017

•          Winter training on cross-country skis in the Bieszczady Mountains (January 2017)

•          March  2017: 10 day long passage over the Sarek Mountains in Sweden, 300 km in -20°C

•          Crossing Greenland from east to west, 600 km on skis with a partner (May 2017),
a sporting expedition - 25 days.

•          Solo crossing of the Mackenzie Mountains (northern Canada), on foot, with a cart and a backback. Ross River –Norman Wells solo 600 km through the mountains (August 2017) – training. Sporting style - 21 days.

•          PROJECT: "Solo Antarctica"

Year 2018

•          February – winter training (8 days) on cross-country skis – the Tatra Mountains.

•          June – finishing a competition/marathon, "Rzeźnik" run – a 76 km long run (competition) through the Bieszczady Mountains in 1 day - training. Final fitness test.

•          1st August 2018 – 8 day long gathering in the Tatra Mountains (Centralny Ośrodek Przygotowań Olimpijskich – the Olympic Sports Centre)

•          Training – attaining spiritual unity with nature – 14 hour long walks with a backpack (30 kg), every day for 5 days.

                                         EXPEDITION  "SOLO Antarctica" 2018

1st September 2018 – setting off to Chile.
16th September – setting off towards the Antarctic on a yacht. Crossing the Southern Ocean, sailing round Cape Horn. Approaching the South Pole in the pioneering-sporting style – ascending to the  Antarctic Plateau from the Southern Ocean.
Walking 2700 km, with sleighs, from the Weddell Sea through the South Pole to the Ross Sea in -30-40°C! An attempt to set the record for the fastest on-foot ascent to the South Pole in history. It will be the first expedition of this kind with a yacht, an unfulfilled dream of Marek Kamiński and the Irish explorer Ernest Shackelton. Category: Extreme. Cost: 500 thousand PLN. Having crossed the Amazon (and set the Guinness world record) I know it’s possible, as I have never seen the limits, but I’ve heard they can be found in other people’s minds…

•          PROJECT: "Solo Antarctica"

Minor projects as part of the preparations Each expedition will be named after its sponsor:

•          Crossing the Altai Mountains in Mongolia, 1500 km on foot with a cart and a backpack.
Traversing the Altai Mountains – a passage over
the Mongolian Range to Kazakhstan (along the crest). The first-ever passage over the Altai in the world (walking distance equal to the distance from
the Southern Ocean to the South Pole)

•          Crossing Greenland from east to west, 600 km on skis, a sporting expedition - 25 days

•          Solo crossing of the Mackenzie Mountains (northern Canada), on foot, with a cart and a backback. Sporting style - 21 days.

•          PROJECT: "Solo Antarctica"

The great traverse of the continent of ice

•          Project: "Solo Antarctica" – support

Adventurer supports the projects and wants to take two children from any chosed orphanage in Poland on a cruise to the shores of the Antarctic, as a way of convincing young people dreams and ambitions are worth pursuing.

The expedition will be accompanied by a fund raise for the children from Pomorskie Hospicjum Dla Dzieci, under the motto "Nothing’s impossible". The fund raise will take place alongside the expedition, from its beginning to the end. A spectator, a fan of the project will be able to additionally donate to the charity.

By supporting the "Solo Antarctica" project you support Pomorskie Hospicjum Dla Dzieci, fwhere Marcin Gienieczko holds patronage over the charity. Through his project, he hopes to convince children that "Nothing’s impossible„.

•          PROJECT: "Solo Antarctica"
- A walk through the icy desert

The entire project takes place
under the honorary patronage of Lech Wałęsa,
a former President of Poland.

 

Upon Amazon’s Current: Disease, Drug Cartels and the Challenges of Exploration with Adventurer Marcin Gienieczko

 

 

There is a saying in Brazil that goes, “At the blacksmith’s house, only wooden skewers” (Em casa de ferreiro, espeto de pau). Its meaning is a bit on the nose: focus too much on one thing and everything else is bound to fall apart, bound to be of a lesser quality than everything else in one’s life. Marcin Gienieczko, a Polish sportsman, adventurer, explorer and the first person to cross the Amazon River via canoe, is a living antithesis to that statement. 

While on his 6,800-kilometer (4,225 mile) journey down the Amazon River, he maintained constant contact with family, focused on overcoming the struggles associated with the force of nature that is the largest river in the world, and above all else, kept—as well as he could—sane while encountering disease, fickle weather and gun barrels pointed at his face. I sat down with Marcin to understand what it takes to challenge a force of nature and win.

The idea for his 2015 adventure, which took him from San Antonio District, Peru to the Bay of Baia de Marajo off the Brazilian coast, came to him while on an expedition through the Yukon River in Alaska and Northwestern Canada. “No one’s taken on the Amazon via canoe before,” he explained.  “It appealed to me. In my youth, I hoped to undertake the challenge of the Congo River in Africa. Unfortunately, war broke out in that inflamed part of the world between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes.” Traveling the depths of the Congo, and the borders of Rwanda and Burundi, was too dangerous. “So I settled on the Amazon,” he exclaimed with a smile.

Beside the Yukon, Marcin had a lifetime-worth of adventures under his belt: canoeing the rivers Mackenzie, Lena, Vistula and the Baltic Sea from Bornholm, Denmark to Darlowo, Poland. He rode the northern regions of Mongolia on horseback during an expedition to reach the Tsataan tribe, one of the last remaining native tribes of Mongolia. Traveling through Tibet on foot and ski along the Kolyma River, he felt the cold of negative 53 °C(-63 °F) nip at his face. Traveling with the Polish Press Corp through China, he aided with research on the Shaolin monastery. During his stay, he learned kung-fu and studied Zen philosophy. He acted as camp photographer for US-Canadian expedition that ventured along the north-east ridge of Mt. Everest. His life is a kaleidoscope of adventure, but as he says, “None were as challenging as the Amazon. None.”

The first person who beat the entire Amazon alone was a Swiss, Mike Horn, a legend of exploration,” Marcin began. “He’s one of my heroes. I studied Mike’s trip along with that of Ed Stafford—an Englishman, who was the first person to walk the length of the Amazon. It was important for planning. I had to understand what I was getting into before I began. In 2011, two Polish kayakers were murdered on the Ucayali part of the river. Another Pole, Alexander Doba, was attacked twice. A South African was shot; thankfully he was found before he bleed out. I studied these tragedies, but as is often the case, you can’t plan true adventures.”

Marcin began his journey on May 17th 2015 in Peru. First, he cycled 670 km (416 miles) through the Andes at the height of 4,700 m (15,420 feet) reaching the village of San Francisco. From June 30th until September 1st, the Amazon River was his home. The last part of his journey began in the town of Belem, Brazil and, after an 80 km (50 miles) run, ended on the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. In sum, Marcin’s journey took 111 days. His whole route can be explored at the his Polish-language Solo Amazon site.

“The stake is not only the fight against a powerful river, a tropical climate, violent storms, but also illness, interpersonal conflicts, dangerous snakes and insects,” Marcin explained. “Before the journey, I had to take the appropriate vaccinations at the Institute of Tropical Diseases, regularly did stamina training to adjust my body to the harsh conditions. I’m a triathlon participant, so I’ve got a higher physical stress level than most. And while the physical aspect of it is hard, the reality is that the mental aspect of the adventure is much more demanding. Mental strength is a struggle. In the town of Tabatinga, I burst and broke down but I had no other choice, and pulled myself together. The beginning was the worst, but with each meter of the river conquered, my perseverance increased.”

Wildlife bloomed in the jungle. Often the animals were impartial to Marcin, but on a few occasions curiosity got the best of them. “Twice, a snake fell from the Brazilian trees and into the canoe. Several times snakes slithered into the tent and I was quick to show them the exit. I heard distant monkey howls and the roar of the jaguar, but nothing more. However, somewhere around the town of Orellana a boil appeared on my neck. After two days, it turned into a big lump the size of a fist. I couldn’t move my neck, couldn’t survey the river.

“I contacted Dr. Leszek Mayer—who kept me healthy, supplied me with the malaria tablets and vitamins, which I took every day—of the Institute of Tropical Diseases in Gdynia via my satellite phone. I explain what had happen and he diagnose that it was either an infected mosquito bite or my body reacting to a mosquito toxin that it never encountered. He prescribed some antibiotics, which I bought at the first town that I found with a pharmacist.”

Each day began at 6 AM and, depending on the weather, at around 5 PM Marcin scanned for a safe place to camp, rest and eat.

“I was afraid that they might murder me in the night,” he said stoically. “Where I had to cross through is very dangerous. This area is in the middle of the VRAEM (Valle del Rio Apurimac, Ene y Mantaro) region—the Valley of the Three Rivers: Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro. It’s dangerous for many reasons: cocaine trafficking and the remnants of the communist terrorist group, the Shining Path, hide out there. They’re the most dangerous because they kidnap people for ransom or kill without any compunction. In addition to their political considerations, they cooperate with the drug cartels, using violent methods to spread fear throughout the region, which gives the cartels a greater freedom of action. The Shining Path act as hired guns, making their living that way.

“Gadiel Sanhez Rivera accompanied me through the drug traffickers lands,” Marcin recalled. “He’s a mestizo Peruvian, medium height, broad shoulders. Once a drug courier but he quit because he wanted to keep on living. He was a great asset, knowing the land, the customs and most important, the language of the Asheninka Indians. He walked on foot along the banks of the Amazon River with Ed Stafford and helped him logistically.

“We reached the Pongo, whose rock walls narrowed into the Ene river. The natives call this place ‘The Passage of the Seven Devils’ because of the seven giant craters. Without paddling, the canoe flowed at about 11 km/hour. The river began to undulate and surge. It was there that natives shot at us. In Europe, strangers approach each other with a sort of cautious optimism. In South America, they takes care of such things very differently—if you don’t stop, they shoot.

“The river flowed faster and faster,” Marcin continued. “Suddenly, I heard a shot and turned toward Gadiel. Another shot. ‘Gringo, gringo!’ someone shouted from the clay slopes, waving his hands. ‘Not good. Ashaninka,’ Gadiel said terrified. We tried to turn back but the rapids hijacked the kayak. Again, someone shot in our direction. I heard the swish of the bullets near the canoe. Men appeared out of the thicket and steered their motorized boat toward us. ‘Come out!’ they shouted in Spanish. Their faces were painted red, three lines on both cheeks: a jaguar’s mustache. ‘These are the aggressive ones, warriors,’ Gadiel said in a low voice.

“They steered their boat up to us, guns raised, and pointed for us to move toward the shore. We did and continued on, showing them our equipment. ‘You’ve got drugs?’ they asked. ‘No, we don’t,’ Gadiel answered. They thought we were cocaine trafficker, so the distance three shots—one warning and two at the canoe, weren’t senseless; the Ashaninka had their reasons to do so.

“Who are you? What are you doing here? This area is Ashaninka,’ they asked, their rifles aimed at us. ‘Here are our documents from the President of the region,’ my companion showed them but they looked at the papers with agitation and confusion. They didn’t know how to read Spanish. ‘Do you have any gifts?’ they asked. Gadiel gave them some of our freeze-dried food and I produced a Swiss Army knife and a small flashlight headlamp for their chief, who examined our faces. He looked me in the eyes, ‘You have five hours to leave our region.’ We rowed away and as we disappeared around the bend of the river, someone gave another shot upwards.

“Fortunately no one was hurt,” Marcin concluded. “When I recall the story, it may seem a great experience in the style of James Bond, but truly, it wasn’t. In fact, it was a very extreme situation. Too much tension, too much adrenalin.”

But not all encounters were as tension filled, Marcin recalls the friendliness of the people of Atalaya, a shore side town where he officially began his kayaking journey: “The people were very friendly. I had a meeting with the town’s mayor. Because of an earlier murder of two Poles in the region, they wanted to help me a lot. Canoeists Celina and Radoslaw Frackiewicz were murdered in connection with the local cult of Pelacary. The native tribes thought the white foreigners abduct their children. Their bodies were never found and two murderers are still hiding in the jungle. They mayor informed me that they’ve been drawn into the ranks of cocaine traffickers, where they’re safe from persecution. The cartels are the law in those parts.”

“Numerous people came out for the start of my expedition,” Marcin recalls. “I was surprised because my experience in Peru was such that the locals were much more distant. However, in Brazil everyone was very friendly, inviting me to their homes for coffee or beer. I’d particularly like to thank the Brazilian Navy, who were very helpful when I capsized.”

Being alone in the vast jungle, loneliness lay heavy on his shoulders. “I thought about my children and wife, to whom I’m very indebted for patience and support” he began. “I also thought about what I’m going to do next: a trip to the South Pole, a solo 2,260 km (1,404 mile) ski trip. Perhaps a double traversal of the Canadian Mackenzie Mountains starting at Ross River and then a return at about 1,200 km (745 miles). I’d like to take the starting rout solo and a return with a partner. Maybe someone from your readers wants to join my expedition? I extend an invitation to all,” he laughed and his mind turned to a topic of a higher power.

“Being alone in the jungle, I thought a lot about God. I realized even more that I am a believer,” Marcin reminisced. “From working on a freighter in the middle of the Ocean, I know that the sea is no place for atheists, now I know that neither is the jungle. Without God as council, I couldn’t accomplish anything. Every day, morning and evening, I prayed out there among the grand wilderness. It helped with morale and overcoming isolation.”

When asked about advice for young adventurers, Marcin remained silent for a moment before answering. “What counts is ambition and the desire to pursue a dream,” he began. “From the very beginning you have to want what it is that you set out to achieve. Experience matters. Every river gave me experience from the Yukon in Alaska to Lena in Siberia. If you think you can’t achieve something, think of this: I work on a ship as a sailor, I financed most of the trip out of my own pocket but also with support from such companies as Energa and Satfilm. I didn’t make the trip about myself, either. It’s important to help others. I collected money for and sent all proceeds to the Pomeranian Hospice for Children in Gdansk. During these expeditions I check what is humanly possible. I want to push the boundaries; I think that’s important. I also wanted to show my own children that you can do great things without being very rich, or knowing people in high places, all you need is a healthy ambition.”

After 111 days of more than 6,800 km of physical effort, thousands of mosquito and ant bites, 250 liters of electrolytes, two venomous snake attacks, one close encounter with a gun and one tip-over, Marcin made it to the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. And while to most such an adventure is one of a lifetime, Marcin is planning a solo ski trip to the South Pole. His ambition is boundless. If anyone is interested in the Marcin’s Amazon journey, they are welcome to visit the official GPS Tracking Site to see the full interactive map of the trip. Thank you for  help Amazon Explorer in Iquitos.

I’d like to thank Marcin for his time and am looking forward to his next big adventure.

Author’s note: The interview was conducted in Polish and all the above was translated into English.

 

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