On 7th December, a meeting with Maxim Kharchenko, a traveller and a member of the Primorsk regional office of the Russian Geographical Society, took place at the department of Natural Sciences and Technical Literature of Nikitin Regional Scientific Library. The event was organised by the Voronezh regional office of the Russian Geographical Society, youth club of the Russian Geographical Society with the support of the Faculty of Geography, Geoecology, and Tourism of Voronezh State University.
Last summer, Maxim Kharchenko went on a unique one-man expedition. He covered about 1,000 km in 72 days by a sup-board following the route of the legendary expedition of Gennady Nevelskoy, which 170 years ago, in 1849, proved that Sakhalin is an island.
The traveller said that his voyage was inspired by the book of the Russian explorer of the Far East, Admiral Gennady Nevelskoy “Exploits of Russian naval officers in the Russian Far East (1849–1855)”. Maxim paid special attention to the historical aspect of the expedition, the heroic dead of Admiral Nevelskoy, showed his route plan during the Amur expedition, an English 19th century map of Asia which shows island Sakhalin, and talked about expeditions by Jean François de Galaup and William Robert Broughton. He told the audience about the Siziman bay, Sovetskaya Gavan, Nevelskoy Strait, Lazarev Cape, Amur Liman, Pogibi, and Cape Muraviov.
He also showed a few videos which demonstrated his routine and events on the expedition: laying out a camp, traveller’s food, facing a shark and white whales. According to Maxim Kharchenko, the conditions of his expedition were very close to those of the expedition that took place half a century ago: he was going at a similar speed, there were no modern communication devices (for example, GPS) and accurate weather forecasts. However, when asked about how he located himself, Maxim admitted that from time to time he used a scanned Google satellite image in low energy mode.
At the meeting, Pavel Konukhov, the brother of the well-known traveller, Fyodor Konukhov, was present. Maxim said that he considers Fyudor as his mentor and role model.
At the end of the event, the audience asked the activist of the Primorsk regional office of the Russian Geographical Society about his plans for the nearest future. Maxim Kharchenko answered that his next goal is the Sea of Okhotsk.