The Poles. Everything had started from the fact that he, as the first and the only man in the world, reached both poles of the Earth within one year and, next, he repeated this accomplishment as a guide with a disabled boy, Jaś Mela.
The Vistula Summer Expedition
I participated in canoeing trips on many Polish rivers during my university times. At my expeditions many times had I an occasion to canoe on one of the wildest rivers in the world, such as the Amazon River or the Usumacinta. We also canoe with Kasia on the rivers in Gdansk region in summer.
Baby on board – “Through the World with Pola”
As the first stage of “Baby on board” project we set out for a trip to Norway. Me and Kasia wanted to show our daughter the fairy tale land of fjords, high sea, the aurora, Lofoten and reindeer.
I was always attracted by the virgin regions of the earth. Inaccessible and little known. Such as the highest peak of Greenland, Gunnbjørn Fjeld, also called the Ice Mountain.
By a RHIB around the Baltic Sea
Is it possible to sail around the Baltic Sea in a rib boat?
The expedition to the North Pole in 2002 was not an attempt to break any new records.
The trip to the Italian Dolomites in 2001 was not a great spectacular expedition.
Expedition to Zanzibar and climbing Kilimanjaro
I have dreamt of climbing the highest peak of Africa since the time when I read Ernest Hemingway’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” in childhood.
The Expedition to the Sources of the Amazon River
It’s not easy to specify where the sources of the Amazon River lie. Loren McIntyre’s expedition has confirmed that the biggest river in the world originates from a small lake situated on the slope of Nevado Misimi, which gives the beginning or Carhuasanta stream.
Seven years – so much time has passed since my expedition with Wojtek Moskal to Greenland. Everything has really started from this expedition. While crossing Greenland I dreamt of the Poles, Kilimanjaro, Gibson Desert, Antarctica. It seemed completely unreal at that time. And it has been all accomplished over these seven years.
12 days, 12 hours, 30 minutes and 17 seconds. So much time did it take “Jet Services” catamaran to sail across the Atlantic route in 1988. Captain Serge Medac who was in command of the yacht set a world record at that time – nobody has ever sailed faster with a multihull vessel along the classical route from Europe to the New World.
Australia. The Gibson Desert. The heat, dunes up to 10 meters high, venomous snakes, insects, rocks. We wanted to cross the desert on foot. It was a completely new challenge for me. How different from the previous expeditions. Just like the other expedition members – two Dutchmen, Edmond Öfner and Marc Cornelissen, Thomaz Brandolin from Brasil and a Canadian woman, Denis Martin, I have never covered such a huge distance in these climatic conditions.
The expedition was one of the four in "The Origin Xpedition to the Source" project, led by the Dutch group Sasquatch Expedition. We had almost one thousand kilometers to go. Each of us was to pull a specially designed cart with almost 200 kg of equipment. We realized the risk we were taking and the extreme conditions we were to face. The whole expedition was to be secured from outside by airdrops and a rescue team.
At the end of 1999 Andrzej Piotrowski proposed me to join the cruise of Gemini yacht across the Atlantic he was organizing. Why not, I thought? Many years ago, when I was building a sailing yacht with my friend Jerzy Adrzejuk, I had a similar idea. We wanted to sail across the Atlantic Ocean or sail around the world. We did not succeed then. The cruise with Andrzej was to be the chance to experience what I had dreamt about already long ago.
While joining the race with Børge Ousland in 1996, who would solo cross Antarctica as first, we promised to each other that we will accomplish something together in the near future. We made an arrangement that after our separate expeditions are finished, we will go for a common trip together.
The idea to climb Kilimanjaro was born after climbing another peak. In January 1998 we climbed with Wojtek Cichy the highest peak of Antarctica, Mount Vinson. While waiting in the base for other companions from this expedition we played a game of chess with Leszek. Pondering over the next movements of our figures we talked about our plans for the nearest future. Somewhere between losing the knight and sudden attack with the tower Leszek suggested me to go with them to the two summits missing for their Seven Summits, which are the highest peaks of all seven continents.
The idea of the solo crossing Antarctica was born during my expedition to the South Pole. When I reached both poles in one year, I began to miss another goal, a challenge which would take away the increasing feeling of emptiness. It soon became obvious that I need to go on another expedition.
Solo expedition to the South Pole
was a strange feeling, but when I was on the North Pole, I felt that
I needed to keep walking and walking - until I reached Spitsbergen,
and that I was only a half way through.
Conquering the North Pole
the crossing Greenland we talked with Wojtek Moskal about another
On 27th April I flew from Moscow to Murmansk.
Hitchhiking around Europe
university studies we planned with Jerzy Andrzejuk (my present
brother-in-law) a hitchhiking journey around Europe.
Ship cruise to Safi Port in Morocco
The cruise to Morocco was the second independent journey by a freight ship. A year before I heard of the possibility of buying a cabin ticket within “return cruises” by e.g. coal carrier ship. It was then when I sailed on my first voyage. It was a couple day trip to Denmark.
The first solo expedition - the cruise by a freight ship to Aalborg Port in Denmark
I arrived to Denmark by a trade ship when I was in college. There was such a possibility that when a ship carried, for example, coal, you could buy a cabin ticket as the “return cruise”. I heard about it when I was at my uncle’s in Stettin. An advertisement about the sale of return cruises tickets was hanging on Plac Kaszubski in the office of Polish Maritime Shipping. The cheapest of them - to Denmark - cost PLN 1900.