Matt Prior: It’s never been done before in history. It was cold, dangerous, pushing boundaries and we remained self-sufficient for the duration—even the Russians thought we were mad! People still can’t believe we did it. It’s like a different planet up there.WYWH: How’d you prepare?
To be totally honest, I was driving around Sri Lanka in a rickshaw and then Saudi Arabia… so not the best preparation. But I was happy to be prepared enough with previous experience, packed the right kit and did the research.
The motorbike was woefully inadequate. It’s a WWII design but we basically had to rebuild the whole bike, in the cold. Some of the riding and risks we took were new levels for me too, but it was amazing to be the first people to ever do it. Especially in 2015 when so much has been done already on this planet.WYWH: What’d you eat?
We had civilian ration packs that were sponsored, essentially it was high-energy pre-prepared meals that you just had to add snow to. We had a stove and, considering our surroundings, finding snow and ice wasn’t a problem!
WYWH: What’s up next on your adventure calendar?
That is a good question. I was planning to kayak from Japan to Korea, but that’s delayed as the person I was going to go with had a motorbike accident. The other upcoming trip involves Antarctica, a caravan and a few big brands. And in a few years I’d like to do something big in Africa, so I have a plan that is soon to be in motion!