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i2P Education - World Water Day Video

Powerful video on water in Africa: features well-drilling work funded in the forgotten Central African Republic.

Wednesday March 24 2010 :: posted by Ewan Affleck

Video Synopsis

Here is a video synopsis of the Siberian Express for Water ! Some of the footage is new, the other we were uploading to the website and schools during the expedition.

Monday March 22 2010 :: posted by Ray Zahab

School Stories: Oak-Land Jr. High

Here's a video of how Oak-Land Jr. High participated with the Siberian Express For Water Expedition; from classroom participation to a mini expedition!

Monday March 22 2010 :: posted by Nick Gravel

School Stories and Lake Baikal Wrap-Up

Over the next week we will be posting more school stories and an awesome wrap-up video from Ray and Kevin.

Below is a video taken by D'Arcy McGee/Symmes in Gatineau Qc. They hosted an all-night ball hockey tourney to raise funds for Ryan's Well; you can read more about it here.

Saturday March 20 2010 :: posted by Nick Gravel

Ray and Kevin Have Finished!

Congratulations to Ray and Kevin for successfully completing the Siberian Express for Water Expedition in record time! They have set a new world record for crossing Lake Baikal; quite an accomplishment for Kevin, Ray, the students participating in class, and the entire i2P team. Thank you to all who followed along, especially our partner schools! And thank you to our sponsors for believing in the mission and vision of impossible2Possible. Additional photos and videos and a note from Ray and Kevin will be posted in the coming days so please stay tuned!!

Monday March 15 2010 :: posted by Bob Cox

Voice Blog: Day 13

Here's a rough transcript of a voicemail update by Ray and Kevin. The mp3 is also available!

Hey guys it’s Ray and Kevin calling in with Ahhh possibly our last voice blog, or second to last if we.. if we get to the end of our expedition today we will be leaving another voice blog. Ahhum we have woken up this morning to our final sixty five-ish kilometers of our expedition. Ahhh the weather looks fair, the skies are a bit dark. Yesterday we had a goal of a little over fifty kilometers we were going to try and hit the fifty two K mark, but the winds was soo strong. It was like a hand pushing us back and the snow was so deep at the beginning of our day we managed forty five or thereabouts, forty two something like that kilometers and probably ended up walking fifty five from winding in and out of the deep snow but essentially on our goal umm we only made forty five. And we’ve seen that day to day with the GPS points on the direct line towards our goal it would be a certain amount of time, ahhhm obviously on the tracker also we are not climbing five thousand foot mountains by going over the side of the lake. We are on the ice the entire time and the little bit of the extra winding that takes ahhh to stay within five to ten fifteen kilometers of the coast adds kilometers, but none the less we are we have our sights set and we feel that Ahhh the route we have chosen to go is number one the most beautiful and spectacular ahhh number two the better of the conditions we could have although we probably ended up net walking and running further than we would have in a straight line, so we are heading into the last day, here’s Kev.

Hey all, ahhhm day thirteen for us today and ahhhm you know the last two weeks has been quite a toll. Ahhm you know it will be it will be good then our sleeping bags are frosted solid now. Nothing you can do except to deal with that ????? in an environment as damp as this and we’re pretty warm now you know blistered and kind of sun burnt and and needing a good wash. But we are psyched, and ahhh you know our time of ten days ahhhm we took thirteen and we feel this is smoking fast. I don’t really see how we could go any faster than this and ahhh it’s the sort of fun of any adventure is really not know what you are getting yourself into. But ahhh what really really happened is with the way things have gone I think we are going to be seven days faster than anyone has done this on foot before so that’s ahhh pretty cool for us. But the most important thing of course is that we are just actually getting out there doing it and succeeding at it and ahhh you know sort of pushing through what we define as seemingly impossible umm and we have done it, and ahh hopefully hopefully it’s inspiring some kids out there and ahh inspiring youth to ahh push sort of push their dreams to. We’re psyched really look forward to talking to you one more time, hopefully this time from the finish. Thanks all bye.

Monday March 15 2010 :: posted by Anton Stranc

Voice Blog: March 12th

Here's a rough transcript of a voicemail update by Ray and Kevin. The mp3 is also available!

Hey everybody it's Ray and Kevin calling we are down to our few last twenty four hours of adventuring here on beautiful Lake Baikal yesterday we traversed a massive area of plate like sized ice. Unbelievable I mean it looked like the frozen serving platters and it was very bumpy with the sleds. Very hard to navigate and negotiate we thought we were never going to get out of it. We probably added about ten kilometers fifteen kilometers of winding just getting around the stuff, but anyhow. That's came and opened into a nice long flat section of black ice which we did not expect in these northern latitudes and ahh which now has left us into, entered us into deep snow and so Kevin and I are now trekking through deep snow on our way to finish we are under a hundred kilometers to the finish.

We do anticipate because of the depth of the snow unfortunately to take us until tomorrow sometime to finish. Ahh but we are very very excited and cannot wait to share more video footage and photos with everyone out there ummm. As Kevin mentioned yesterday in the blog we are down to the last bits of fuel and food. We are also down to our last bits of battery power the sun just has not been potent enough to charge everything up so that we could transfer some more video to you before the end of the expedition. We have lots of exciting photographs to share with you as well, and lots of exciting stories.

Here's Kevin. Hey everyone ahh, Siberia is ahh ahhh known for cold and that's exactly what we are experiencing right now at the north end of Lake Baikal. It's ahhh it's really unprecedented cold for both Ray and I even having been to the South Pole. This is nasty business we are finding that ahhh, absolutely everything because of the moisture on the lake everything is freezing solid and ahh last night coming in to set up camp was ahh was really tough. Ahh everything starts freezing, feet start to go, hands start to go, and you recognize, I don't really know what the temperature is out here we don't have a thermometer, but ahh it's darn cold and something that we don't normally experience. So we are pretty happy to get this over with at this point in the game as this part is know for that. So we are going to fire ahead and hopefully tomorrow evening we are going to be heading into ahh into the ahhh the finish line and ahhm we're totally psyched, keep looking SiberianX.com

Monday March 15 2010 :: posted by Anton Stranc

Voice Blog from Ray and Kevin!

Here's a rough transcript of a voicemail update by Ray and Kevin. The mp3 is also available!

Hey everybody, it's Ray and Kevin calling in, aaaagh for a blog we are getting very close to the end of the expedition. We've got .... static... to finished our expedition in a time static to twelve and a half days, something like that. Ahhh if all goes well and the weather holds just long enough for us to finish.

Ahhh weather has been a huge issue for us while we have been out here and terrain has been difficult and but we are anticipating an average over the entire expedition of fifty kilometers a day. ahhhum it's been spectacular for us. ahhh it's been physically very challenging, ahhh as you can see from some of the videos and also very rewarding. We have seen so many incredible things that you have seen from our photographs.

We have tried to stay within five to ten kilometers off of the shore and we have even taken a few of the extra lines to get photos of shaman rock for example and some of the other iconic places ahhhh ???? travel the coastline and seeing the mountains and how beautiful they are has just been awe inspiring for Kevin and I. Of course the other inspirational component has been speaking with the students day or every second day and how amazing that has been for us ahhhum and pumping us up. We are almost there we are getting close and ahhum on some of the mechanics of the expedition... here's Kevin.

Hey everyone, ahhhhum ahh Lake Baikal is actually inspiring, there is so much ahhh ???????..as well.. ???? huge huge lake that is a single resevoir of water that, of fresh water of maybe 20% of the worlds fresh water, that is, I was commenting on that yesterday barely seen the other shoreline, and that's just the width of the lake, with these six and seven thousand peaks surrounding us as we move along.

What an incredible place, ahhh and incredibly difficult to.. the conditions over the last two days have been deteriorating of course underfoot where a part of that we had clear ice quite literally it was as if you were walking on water except for the cracks, you looked straight into the abyss below you, but now its developing into more ahh windrifts and sastrugi that we are more accustomed to from the south pole and hauling our sleds over that, trying to manage our, our fifty K pace, is a bit of a tough go. Our umm our fuel supplies have umm pretty well gone now or dwindeled, so we have started now to ahh to ahh sort of ration things as well as a little bit of food as well as we make our final spint to the finish. But are super psyched we have one hundred fifty K to go and ahh we really hope you guys keep on following us. So ahh we'll be taking soon and ahh cheer us on, thanks All.

Friday March 12 2010 :: posted by Anton Stranc

Day 10 - Acclimation

Even though Kevin and Ray are absolutely exhausted from their 10 day journey and they really want to get home to family, their bodies are starting to acclimate to the conditions. Their legs are adapting to the pounding and they are feeling more comfortable with the long days. Yesterday was another difficult day but this morning they were ready to go out and do it all over again. This morning the students were able to ask some great questions and as always the call really energized Kevin and Ray. As Ray was drinking his coffee before they set out for the day I asked him how the weather was. He said it was clear at the moment but red off in the distance and in previous days red in the distance brought bad weather. Check back tomorrow and see how the weather was....

Wednesday March 10 2010 :: posted by Bob Cox

i2P Education - Student Exercise

Each student should count the number of household substances they have that would be potentially dangerous if leached into their drinking water. This includes gasoline, fertilizers, human waste, pesticides, cleaning products, etc.

Where do these substances go if washed down the sink?

Student exercise archive

Wednesday March 10 2010 :: posted by Ewan Affleck