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i2P now welcomes questions concerning our H2O Tour - Siberian Express from EVERYONE! If you have questions for Ray & Kevin about their expedition or their committment to highlighting world water issues please submit them. We are also happy to entertain questions about i2P fundraising for wells in Africa, the education component of our program, or any other i2P activity. Questions for i2P youth Ambassadors are also welcome.

Submit your questions and have the i2P expedition team answer them now and from Siberia! The expedition begins March 1st 2010. We will do our best to answer as many questions as we can.

Answered questions:

Question Answer
What if the ice is very thin to walk on?

Victoria,
Central Junior High

Ray Zahab:
We have special maps telling us where the iceshould be thin and we will avoid those areas the best we can.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
What is the funnest thing about running?

Kim,
Central Junior High

Kevin Vallely:
Discovering amazing places like Lake Baikal. It is the best way to take a tour of a new place.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
How many calories do you all burn a day and how much do you need?

Victoria,
Central Junior High

Ray Zahab:
About 7000!

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
How many days will you be out there?

Mason,
Central Junior High

Kevin Vallely:
If all goes well 10 days or less.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Do you all have to eat that bacon stuff everyday?

Alyssa,
Cantral Juinor High

Ray Zahab:
At home I eat it only on occasion, but during expeditions the calories really help kkep us going!

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
What do you do if you come across wild animals?

matthew,
Central Junior High

Kevin Vallely:
We will avoid the mean animals and say hello to the nice animals.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Have you ever fell into a crevasse?

kalem,
Central Junior High

Ray Zahab:
Yes, on Antarctica in 2008! It was very scary, but luckily my friend Kevin was there to help me.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
What was the hardest part of the expedition for you?

Trey,
Central Junior High

Kevin Vallely:
Missing my family.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Will you run on the river or on the side of the river?!! :)

Tristin,
Central Junior High

Ray Zahab:
We will be running on a frozen lake.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Did you get frost bite on your feet because you wore only shoes?

Vanessa,
Central Junior High

Kevin Vallely:
Frost bite might occur if our shoes are too tight and the blood cannot circulate.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Do you enjoy running all over the world?

Shayla Williams,
Jonas Salk High Tech Academy

Ray Zahab:
I am very blessed to be able to discover new places through running

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
What makes the water universal solvent?

Sandesh,
Embassy Of India School, Moscow

Kevin Vallely:
Even though it is called universal water cannot actually dissolve everything, but it dissolves more than anything else!

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Do you eat the same thing every single day?

Daijah,
Jonas Salk High Tec Academy

Ray Zahab:
Almost the same thing every day, but some days we give ourselves little treats!

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Do you think you will survive?

Daijah,
Jonas Salk High Tec Academy

Kevin Vallely:
I will tell you when I get bck.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Do you ever go to sleep?

Shayla Williams,
Jonas Salk High Tech Academy

Ray Zahab:
Yes, recovery every night is important to our success.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Have one of you guys ever passed out?

Damazia B.,
Jonas Salk High Tech Accademy

Kevin Vallely:
I felt like passing out while we were going to the South Pole, but I never actually did.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
How much energy will you need after you have ran other expeditions?

Dominic Robey,
Jonas Salk High Tech Acadamy

Ray Zahab:
I need all the energy I can get, keep sending positive vibes because it gives me energy.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
What's the temperature of the water below the ice?

Bishwarup,
Embassy Of India School, Moscow

Kevin Vallely:
It has a couple different layers and ranges from 3.1 C to 3.8 in the winter

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
As per the concept, the temperature of the water below the ice should be around 4 deg Celsius, so why can't people survive in that water?

Bishwarup,
Embassy Of India School, Moscow

Ray Zahab:
Hypothermia

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Do you guys follow Moscow time?

Bishwarup,
Embassy Of India School, Moscow

Kevin Vallely:
At home in Vancouver I follow Pacific Standard Time

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
This may sound a little odd...but do you sweat after running for so long?

Bishwarup,
Embassy Of India School, Moscow

Ray Zahab:
Yes, but we try not to. because sweat freezes and makes us very cold

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Is there any difference between Alaska, the Tundra and Siberia?

Bishwarup,
Embassy Of India School, Moscow

Kevin Vallely:
Yes, on this expediton we will only be running on frozen water without any land below.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Why do you eat chocolate?

Shea,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Because I love chocolate! And the calories keep us going.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Will you actually be sleeping on the ice?

Shea,

Kevin Vallely:
Not directly on the ice. We have tents, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Can you say global warming is affecting the Siberian ice and your expedition?

Swaraj,
Embassy Of India School, Moscow

Kevin Vallely:
The lake temperature is gradually rising year after year, but luckily for us this year is cold

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Are there chances that the Saharan people can confront their water problems?

Maitreyi.T,
Embassy Of India School,Moscow

Ray Zahab:
Yes, water is there for many of them, but we need to help them find it with technology

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Will you be planning something to tackle the water problems people of the Sahara's face?

Maitreyi.T,
Embassy Of India School,Moscow

Kevin Vallely:
We have two projects going on to help the people of Uganda and Kenya

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
As per your opinion,what is the main reason for scarcity of water ?

Vamsi Rao,
Embassy Of India School Moscow

Ray Zahab:
Technology to locate water sources

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Which area do you think will be difficult to run upon-Hot Sahara desert or Cold Siberian?

Vamsi Rao,
Embassy Of India School Moscow

Kevin Vallely:
Both present very different and difficult scenarios

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
How many layers of clothing do you wear to keep yourself warm?

Sunmeet Singh ,
Embassy Of India School, Moscow

Ray Zahab:
It depends how cold it is. Anywhere from 1 to 3 layers

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Is the food you eat in good condition? If no, then how do you eat it?

Sunmeet singh,
Embassy Of India School, Moscow

Kevin Vallely:
All of our food is in very good condition.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
What kind of footware will you be wearing?

Shea,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Very good running shoes called Innov8 when the temperature drops we will switch to boots

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Is your backpack very heavy?

Madeleiene,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We are pulling sleds that weigh 100 pounds. Yes, they are very heavy!

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
What will happen if you get too sweaty?

Alyson,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
We will freeze. We will try and not get too sweaty.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
As a child did you ever imagine that you were going to do something like this? Did your families support you always?

Sneh,
Embassy Of India School Moscow

Kevin Vallely:
My family is very supportive. I never imagined this.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Has anyone died in the expedition?

Miriam,
St.Elisabeth School

Kevin Vallely:
No, we take extreme caution for planning and execution of each expedition.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Do you have food in your backpack or do you have to hunt for food?

Brandon,
Pioneer Elementary School

Ray Zahab:
We have all of our food with us.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
How long do you train for each mission?

Manasi Vitthanala,
Pioneer Elementary School

Kevin Vallely:
We spend many months trainig and preparing for each expedition.

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
What date are you gonna start?

Dylan,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
March 1st!!

Answered on: Wednesday February 24 2010
Did any participants ever collapsed in this expedition?

ALMER,
Pioneer Elementary School

Ray Zahab:
Thankfully no !

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
These days we get to hear a lot about Global warming. In your expedition so far, did you find any signs of ice receding?

Aysha Shakil,
Embassy Of India School Moscow

Ray Zahab:
Yes ! We have seen shrinking glaciers, for example.

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Are you scared?

Ajanae,
Jonas Salk High Tech Academy

Ray Zahab:
Sometimes.

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
What is your favorite part of running the Sahara Desert?

Alexia,Shayla,
Jonas Salk High Tech Academy

Ray Zahab:
Niger and the Tuareg people.

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
How are you going to be dressed?

Shayla Williams,
Jonas Salk High Tech Academy

Ray Zahab:
In layers !

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
How many days does it take to run across the biggest lake that you are going to run?

Alexia Campa,
Jonas Salk High Tech Academy

Ray Zahab:
10 days we hope.

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Why are u doing this WHOLE thing and how do u find the courage to do this??

Alexis,
Jonas Salk High Tech Academy

Ray Zahab:
We are hoping to inspire and be inspired by you !

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Would you wear shorts in the cold weather?

Alexia Campa,
Jonas Salk High Tech Academy

Ray Zahab:
No

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
What is the most dangeres thing on the ice?

Kelsey,

Ray Zahab:
Thin ice!

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
How old are you?

AJ,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
41

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
How does your family support you when you are going through all of this danger and adventure?

Liam Hancock,
Minnekhada Middle School

Ray Zahab:
My family loves me very much !

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Do you like using snow as toilet paper?

Liam Hancok,
Minnekhada Middle School

Ray Zahab:
Too cold!

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
What gear are you taking to the lake?

Trevor Martin,
Minnekhada Middle School

Ray Zahab:
Check out our blogs!

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Do you like Halo?

Colton Chursinoff,
Minnekhada Middle School

Ray Zahab:
I am sorry, I am not agamer... I like to be outside !!!

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
When you get back from a trek what is the first thing you want to eat??? I would want a chicken burger.

Josh Jolicoeur,
Minnekhada Middle School

Ray Zahab:
I would like pizza!

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
I would like to know if your legs hurt after running, because when we do our 12 minute at our school, we have to run 1 mile, and i couldn't imagine running like, 16467756734 miles!!! just to let you know, i just hit random numebrs :S.

Josie Driscoll,
Minnekhada Middle School

Ray Zahab:
Yes sometimes they do

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
do you earn money for running or treking around places

Dartagnan Patricio,
Minnekhada Middle School

Ray Zahab:
I do what I do because oi love it !

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Did your friends and family support you when you did your runs?

Jesica Trivett and Leila Soares,
Minnekhada Middle School

Ray Zahab:
Yes

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
When you're running on the lake, do you have any worries about slipping and really hurting yourself? or have any worries about pulling your hamstrings. or what about falling in? I'm just thinking about the negative here!

Josie Driscoll,
Minnekhada Middle School

Ray Zahab:
We can't focus on fear- we can't fear what we can't predict.

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Did you get bitten by any wild animals on you runs?

Jessica Trivett and Leila Soares,
Minnekhada Middle School

Ray Zahab:
No

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
I like cheese. Do you like cheese?

Liam Hancock,
Minnekhada Middle School

Ray Zahab:
Yes

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Was it a very beautiful scenery when you were running? I could imagine the beautiful snow and ice. :)

Josie Driscoll,
Minnekhada Middle School

Ray Zahab:
it will be beautiful !

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Did you like eating the bacon and butter?

Reese Klein,
Minnekhada Middle School

Ray Zahab:
Sort of...!

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Do you make money when you do your runs?

Jessica Trivett,
Minnekhada Middle School

Ray Zahab:
No

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Do you have fun when you are doing your runs?

Jessica Trivett and Leila Soares,
Minnekhada Middle School

Ray Zahab:
Yes... so much!

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Have you ever nearly died on any of your expeditions?

Pia Vasquez,
Pioneer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
There have been a few close calls!

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
How long do you guys sleep?

Dylan,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
4 hours per night.

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
What animals do you think you will see?

Nicole M.,
Pioneer Elementary, Union City, CA

Ray Zahab:
We can't wait to see !

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
What kind of training are you doing to prepare for the expedition?

Nicole M.,
Pioneer Elementary, Union City, CA

Ray Zahab:
See our blog video on training, you will like it !

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
How much water do you drink a day when you are running?

Trent,
Oakland Jr. High School

Ray Zahab:
3 liters

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
How do run without sweating?

Gus,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Layers of clothing so we can moderate and control our temperature.

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Do you both get tired?

Brandon,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Yes

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Is the existence of life possible in the moon as water has been found?

Aryan Goswami,
Kendriya Vidhyalaya Moscow

Ray Zahab:
Wow ! It would be neat, wouldn't it ?

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Do you have a map?

Christopher,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Yes

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
How old were you when you started running?

Rachael,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
34

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Do you every run out of food?

Brandon,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
We always try to plan to have enough food.

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
How long have you been running for ?

Jackson,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
A little over 6 years.

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Do you get tired while you're running ?

Emily,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Yes

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Do you think having a mini Triathlon is a good way to raise money?

Kyle,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Brilliant idea !

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Why do you like to travel 50 miles a day?

Brock,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
To go as far as we can.

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Dear Ray do you ever walk a little on your runs ?

Morgan,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
I try to always run as much as I can ! But a little waliking is always nice, too !

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Will you visit Trailblazer Elementary?

Dylan,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Someday soon I hope.

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
What pushes you on to keep going when you just want to give?

Shelby Skopec,
O'Neill Junior Senior High School

Ray Zahab:
YOU! We rely on you our teammates to keep us going.

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Where have you visited?

Rachael,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Africa, Antarctica, North America, South America and Asia!!!

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Is your journey hard?

Trevor ,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Yes, but very rewarding.

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Were do you run for practicing?

Amanda,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
I run in Quebec, Kevin in Vancouver!

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
Have you ran in Mexico?

Trevor ,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
No.

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
How is your trip?

Dylan,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Great, we hope !

Answered on: Wednesday February 17 2010
What is the most dangerous thing on the ice?

KELSEY,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Fatigue and the cold !

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Do you use modern shelter tent or using the traditional shelter like igloo to survive?

Sargam Singh,
Embassy Of India School Moscow

Kevin Vallely:
The snow on lake Baikal is not suitable for making igloos. We will use a tent.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How much water do you get?

Cassidy,
Trailblazer Elementry

Ray Zahab:
In siberia we will drink 3 liters per day.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
When are you gonna start ?

Dylan,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We will start at the Southern end of Lake Baikal at a community called Kultuk located at 51deg 43' 19.38" N 103deg 43' 07.14" E

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How old were you when you first started running?

Bryce,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
35

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
What are you gonna pull?

Dylan,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We pull special sleds that hold all our gear.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How cold is it were you are?

Christopher,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
In winter it is usually several degrees below zero !

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How long will you run a day?

Dylan,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We will run between 10-12 hours per day.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How long have you been running for ?

Rachael,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
6 years

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How cold will it be?

Dylan,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
It will be between -15C and -40C

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Which area is very hard and tough to survive the hot Sahara desert or the cold Siberian and Why?

Sargam Singh,
Embassy Of India School Moscow

Ray Zahab:
Human beings prefer a temperate climate !

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Do you think you could do this in ten days?

Dylan,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
That's the plan. If the conditions are good we have a really good chance!!

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
What was the major difference apart from temperature did you find between the Sahara and Siberia?

Sagnik Bhattacharjee,
Embassy Of India School, Moscow

Ray Zahab:
It can be 100 degrees different !

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Why are you doing this?

Dylan,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We want to try to push the limits of what's deemed possible and inspire young people to achieve their dreams. We want to bring awareness to the water crisis in Africa.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Do you like your job?

Karissa,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
We have the greatest job in the world!! Wouldn't you agree!! :)

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Do you ever rest?

Karissa,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We will take periodic breaks through the day and will sleep at night.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How many injuries did you have crossing the Sahara Desert?

Sophie,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
We had many injuries, i would say at least 5 each !

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
So, your next adventure is to the Tunisian desert. If you had a chance would you go to outer space in search of evidence of water??

Shinjini Bhattacharjee,
Embassy Of India School, Moscow

Kevin Vallely:
Most definitely!!! Outer space is the next frontier for explorers!!

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Did you like the South Pole?

Ethan,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
The South Pole was an amazing place. It is cold and desolate but is one of those magical spots on earth like the top of Mount Everest.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Will you make any igloos and stay there on your trip?

Aashray Tripathi,
Embassy Of India School Moscow

Kevin Vallely:
The snow on lake Baikal is not suitable for making igloos. We will use a tent.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How many miles have you ran in all the tracks ?

Lukas,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Lots !!!

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
What physical and mental preparations did u do before going there?

Pratyoush,
Embassy Of India School, Moscow

Kevin Vallely:
We train vigorously and we spend lots of time with family and friends before hand to be mentally strong when we're out there.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How many runs have you ran so far?

Cooper,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
I have ran many kms in these past 6 years of running !

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Do you need to exercise vigorously to keep your body warm in that region?

Sagnik Bhattacharjee,
Embassy Of India School, Moscow

Kevin Vallely:
We will need to be moving to keep warm for sure. Once we're in our tent, we'll be fairly warm as well.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Did you see an elephant in Africa?

Natalie,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
We didn’t see elephants- there aren’t any in the sahara !

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How thick is the icy layer over the Lake Baikal?

Sagnik Bhattacharjee,
Embassy Of India School, Moscow

Kevin Vallely:
The ice is likely 2 feet thick.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
What country was your first run in?

Ellie,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Canada !

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How will you carry 75-100 pounds and run 50 miles each day?

Alexis,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
With lots and lots of effort!!! We will pull the weight in special sleds.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Why did you start running?

Lucas,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
I started running to learn more about myself !

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
I thought people couldn't survive with out shelter in the south pole?

Ethan,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
Our tent is a shelter and allowed us to survive just fine.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Did you help the little boy?

Abby,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
We gave him a light, and left him with supplies. We really were so in awe of his bravery...

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
What's the speed you will be running?

Matt,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We won't be running that fast because we're pulling such a big sled. We hope to cover 2 marathons in about 10 hours.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Do you get much sleep ?

Karissa,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We won't be getting too much sleep unfortunately... likely 4-6 hours per night.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Hi are you going to use ski poles so you don't slip?

Ainsley,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We will use ski poles when the going is tough but if it's just glare ice then we won't Our shoes have spikes in them to give us traction.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
When you set up your tents how does the stick to keep it in the ground break the ice?

Tanner,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We use special ice screws to anchor the tent to the ice.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Why do you eat chocolate when you run?

Annalise,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
Because it tastes great and is high in calories.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Who was the fastest?

Bryson,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
The fastest team to cross Lake Baikal is somewhere around 25 days. We hope to do it in 10!!!

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Do you put a blanket on the ice when you sleep and if not are you cold or sweaty?

Cassie,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We sleep in sleeping bags on top of special air matresses that insulate us from the cold ice.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Why do you want to do this?

Carter,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We want to try to push the limits of what's deemed possible and inspire young people to achieve their dreams. We want to bring awareness to the water crisis in Africa.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Where do you run for practicing?

Baylee,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
Both Ray and I run around the mountains and roads of our homes in Chelsea, Quebec and North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Do you have to wear bike leggings?

Allison,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We will wear light weight, windproof clothing that is a baggy. Tight fitting clothing is not good in cold, windy weather. This is why our clothing was so baggy in the South Pole.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
If you fell in the water what would you do?

Delio,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We would get out immediately, strip off our wet clothes and put on dry ones. We'd pitch the tent and warm up before moving forward.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Is there anything unusual that you saw in this expedition till now?

Bishwarup,
Embassy Of India School, Moscow

Kevin Vallely:
Everything is going according to plan... so far:)

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How long will it take to get a frost bite?

Bishwarup,
Embassy Of India School, Moscow

Kevin Vallely:
It all depends on the cold. Frost bite is the freezing of skin and it can occur in less than a minute if it's cold enough. The danger lies not when you feel pain but rather when you stop feeling pain. That means the skin is frozen. We'll be very careful.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How are you going to get to Lake Baikal?

Carter,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
With lots and lots of effort!!! We will pull the weight in special sleds.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How can a kid like me hlep? How does the bacon and butter taste?

Tessa,

Ray Zahab:
A kid like you is helping by being our teammate as you are !

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How long is the lake that you are going to run?

Allison,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
It is 650kms in length +/-

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How do know if the ice thick enough?

Lukas,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
We use maps to determine the thickest parts.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Will you be running and pitching tents on the ice of the lake?

Nikki,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We have special shoes with screws in them that allow us to run on the ice and we use special ice screws to secure our tent to the surface.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How many runs have you ran so far?

Cooper,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Many km’s !

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Will you ever go to Moab Utah for one of your trips?

Allison,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
I've been to Moab for mountain biking!! It is one of the most beautiful places on earth!!!

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
What is your favorite run so far? I would like to know.

Madelyn,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
I love them all ! especially Canada’s Arctic.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
What is your running goal this entire year?

Cassie,
Trailblazer Elementery

Kevin Vallely:
To run across Lake Baikal in record time.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How long is one km?

Ethan,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Exactly 1000 meters, or .61 miles.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Hi! Will you fall in the river?

Abby,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
I sure hope not!! If we do we'll get out quick, set up camp and get dry.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Do you like your job?

Kenton,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Yes !!! we love our jobs.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Why did you start running?

Lucas,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
Running is one of the most natural things a human being can do. I started so I could explore the trails around my house. Look where it has taken me!!

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How cold is it in Siberia?

Emma,
TRailblazer Elementer

Ray Zahab:
Very cold somtimes, down to -50 c

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Do you really want to run that lake?

Alaina,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
Absolutely!! Two marathons a day is the intent.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Are you going to weare spiky shoes?

Lucas,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Yes, we will wear crampons which are very spikey.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
When did you start running?

Lucas,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
Ray started 8 years ago. I started 15 years ago.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Will your sled break the ice?

Gavin,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
No, we should be okay...

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Did you ever regret starting?

Sarah and Brianna,
Temple Israel Of Hollywood

Kevin Vallely:
Never!! You always wish there was no pain but pain is only temporary. The expedition experience lasts a lifetime.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How cold does it get there?

Sophie,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
It can get to -50 celsius !

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Have you ever needed to stop an expedition because it was too extreme??

Sarah and Brianna,
Temple Israel Of Hollywood

Kevin Vallely:
No, we always go in prepared.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Are there any polar bears?

Carson,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
No, only in the Arctic.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
What are some expeditions you've been on?

Cole Stofflet,
Temple Israel Of Hollywood

Kevin Vallely:
Ray and I broke the world speed record to the South Pole last year. Ray has run across the entire Sahara desert. I skied the entire Iditarod trail across Alaska... to name a few.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Do you stop running when you get tired?

Karissa,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
We will stop for lunch each day.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Have you ever regretted starting an expedition??

Brianna Tuomi,
Temple Israel Of Hollywood

Kevin Vallely:
Never!! It's one of the times when I feel most alive.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How will you carry 75-100 pounds and run 50 miles each day?

Alexis,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
With great difficulty, and some really cool sleds !

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Do you melt the ice to make water?

Michael Segal,
Temple Israel Of Hollywood

Kevin Vallely:
Exactly!!

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Hi how many miles are you going to run ?

Ainsley,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
A little over 400 miles.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Have you ever had any problems running?

Eduardo,
Pioneer Elementary School

Kevin Vallely:
I've had plenty of injuries in the past but I've always been able to work through them with a healthy lifestyle.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Will the sled break the ice?

Gavin,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
No sir!

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Why are you going?

Carter,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We are going to bring awareness to water issues in Africa and to inspire youth to help make a diffrence.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
What if the ice is to thin?

Natalie,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
We will always search for thicker ice !

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
What are your expectations and goals for this excursion?

Omar Hadzifejzovic,
D'Arcy McGee High School

Kevin Vallely:
We hope to traverse the lake faster than anyone in history, running nearly two marathons per day for 10 days.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How does the ice not break when you set up your tent?

Tanner,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
We hope not ! we will use ice screws to secure our tent !

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
What kinds of food will you be eating?

Mohamed Dahrouj,
D'Arcy McGee High School

Kevin Vallely:
We will be eating high caloric expedition meals with cocunt oil mixed in to boost the calories, lots of snacks like nuts and chocolate and tons of sport drink.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Do you have camera men, or do you shoot yourself?

Porter,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
We will film ourselves !

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How many people will be going on the excursion with you?

Moha,

Kevin Vallely:
There's just the two of us: Ray Zahab and myself, Kevin Vallely

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
How long will it take to get to lake Baikal?

Carter,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
5 days of travelling !

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
What's the temperature there right now?

Bishwarup,
Embassy Of India School, Moscow

Kevin Vallely:
It's -40C right now. Good thing is the ice will be good. Bad thing is it's FREEZING!!

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Hi, how many people are going?

Baylee,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
2

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Are you excited to go across the lake?

Nicole Quiros from Mr. Callison's class,
Pioneer Elementary School

Kevin Vallely:
We're super psyched Nicole. It will be a life changing experience.

Answered on: Thursday February 11 2010
Did you see any animals when you ran across Africa?

Jackson,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Yes ! Charlie, Kevin and I saw many- including camel spiders and vipers !

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
Why do you want to do it in 10 days?

Dylan,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We'd like to do it in 10 because we think we can. It really pushes the limit to what's possible.

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
How many months do you run in a year?

Emily,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
Both Ray and I run year round but we do vary the levels of training and volume over that time.

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
How many things do you carry 100 ,10 how many?

Shalina,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
We carry all our food, equipment, stoves, pots, bowls, communication gear, satellite phones, cameras, tents, sleeping bag, etc. Closer to 100 than 10!!

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
Can you swim in ice water?

Shalina,
Trailbazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We hope we don't have to. You can survive in ice water for a short time...enough time to get out!!

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
What will you eat on the trip?

Savannah,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Freeze dried meals, gatorade and chocolate !

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
How cold will it be there?

Danika,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We expect it to be between -15C and -30C

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
Can I see the clothes that you are using?

Jake,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
You can see our clothes in our blog titled clothing layers !

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
How long in diameter is the lake?

Kevin,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
The Lake is roughly 650kms long and 80kms wide at its widest point. It's the deepest lak in the world...over a mile deep!!

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
Do your legs hurt when you run?

Gabby,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
Day one legs are stiff- but things hopefully will ge tbetter as we go !

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
What's your other adventure?

Paola Sanchez,
Jonas Salk High Tech Academy

Ray Zahab:
We will be going to Tunisia in April with 5 Youth Ambassadors !

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
What school are you going to next?

Destiny ,
Jonas Salk High Tech Academy

Ray Zahab:
We haven't scheduled- but hopefully we will ge to visit many !

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
How cold is in Lake Baikal?

Marcos Hernandez,
Jonas Salk High Tech Academy

Ray Zahab:
It can be very cold- down to -40 celcius !

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
How old were you when you guys ran the Sahara Desert?

Vincent Aguilar,
Jonas Salk High Tech Academy

Ray Zahab:
I was 37 !

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
Do you like to travel a lot?

Paola Sanchez,
Jonas Salk High Tech Academy

Kevin Vallely:
Both Ray and I travel the world. We love to explore new cultures and environments.

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
Why are you doing this? What are you going to get from this?

Alberto Vazquez Mora,
Jonas Salk High-Tech Academy

Ray Zahab:
What are you going to get from this? We are hoping to inspire and connect with as many students as possible- and together raise enough funding to build water projects in Africa !

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
On your previous expedition, when one of you got hurt would you try to put them on the sled and move on, or would you stop and help and rest?

Pauline M.J.,
Jonas Salk High-Tech Academy

Kevin Vallely:
We always help one another out. There weren't any serious injuries in our last expedition.

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
What was it like when you were running the Sahara Desert?

Marissa Bishop,
Jonas Salk High-Tech Academy

Ray Zahab:
Very hot !

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
How cold will it be there?

Danika,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
It will be between -15 and -30 celcius !

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
How much weight will you people be carying?

Danika,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We will be pulling sleds weighing roughly 100lbs.

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
Why do you want to do this?

Dylan,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:
We want to connect with you and your classmates in a new way- and learn about water issue with you !

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
What changes will your bodies face due to the temprature variation?

Amal S Sebastian,
Embassy Of India School Moscow

Kevin Vallely:
We will burn more calories just to keep warm. Our bodies will adjust to the cold and the intense exercise.

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
What's your favorite food/meal that you will be bringing on the expedition?

Jordan,

Ray Zahab:
Chicken tikka !

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
Hi.I am impressed by your energy and stamina.Can you tell me the secret of it? One day I want to do something like you do.

Rohan,
Embassy Of India School, Moscow

Ray Zahab:
I always say what we do is 90% mental, the other 10% is all in our heads !!!

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
I know you both have families. Will you worry about your family while you are on this expedition?

Almer,
Pioneer Elementary School

Ray Zahab:
We both miss our families very much while on an expedition- we will communicate with them daily !

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
What kind of animals and plant species do you plan to see?

Brandon Moreno,
Jonas Salk High Tech Academy

Ray Zahab:
It will be winter- but we do hope to see wildlife- we just don't know what to expect !

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
Who else will be joining you on the journey?

Anthony ,
Jonas Salk High Tech Academy

Ray Zahab:
It will be Kevin, myself and 8000 plus students !

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
Why did you choose the people that you will run with?

Adrian,
Jonas Salk High Tech Academy

Ray Zahab:
I know Kevin well, and we are great friends and teammates ! Working well together is key.

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
How did you first think of Lake Baikal? What brought the idea into your mind?

Saraswati,
Jonas Salk High-Tech Academy

Ray Zahab:
Lake Baikal is the World's deepest fresh water lake- what a great platform to speak about water!

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
Are you going to be making any live newsfeeds that can be scheduled to watch in school class rooms? My son in 5th grade was able to participate in a live Q&A with NASA. I know his class would enjoy asking your group questions during your expedition.

Valdemar Pitman,
Stone Oak Elementary, San Antonio, TX 78258

Ray Zahab:
The live website is open to all who want to follow ! We are scheduling live conferencing into classrooms for all schools registered for the free program !

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
Can water in the ice be frozen in Siberian temperature?

Bhoomika Varshney,
Embassy Of India School,Moscow

Ray Zahab:
We hope the water will be frozen…we have to run across it !

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
Why is water the lifeline of the people on Earth?

Bhoomika Varshney,
Embassy Of India School,Moscow

Kevin Vallely:
Without it all creatures would die ! We need water to survive !

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
Is there ever any point when you're running that you feel like you might want to give up?

Sean Donnelly,
D'Arcy McGee

Kevin Vallely:
We will always feel tired and defeated at some point but pain is temporary. Quiting lasts forever. We won't do it.

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
If you see any dangerous wildlife while in Siberia, what will you do?

Brendon Pryor,
D'Arcy McGee

Kevin Vallely:
We don't expect any dangerous wildlife but if we do we will remain calm and not panic. It's always the best course of action.

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
What do you like most about running?

Christopher Bourret,
D'Arcy McGee

Kevin Vallely:
The feeling of freedom. Running is one of the most natural things we do.

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
What is one of your most memorable moments from an expedition (positive or negative)?

Chris Bourret,
D'Arcy McGee

Kevin Vallely:
Reaching the South Pole in world record time knowing that thousands of kids now knew that anything was possible.

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
What do you eat to pump your body for such long runs?

Bishwarup,
Embassy Of India School, Moscow

Ray Zahab:
A wide mix of fats and carbohydrates and lots of it!!

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
Why Siberia? What made you decide to run Lake Baikal in particular? Why have you settled on running as your way to raise money and awareness for your causes?

Laura Villavicencio,
Kelly High School, Chicago

Kevin Vallely:
Running is what we do well. We love it and are inspired by it. Lake Baikal is the largest reservoir of fresh water in the world. It holds 20% of the worlds liquid fresh water. What better platform to undertake an expedition focused on water issues.

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
How do you use the restroom without getting frostbite?

German Palomino,
Kelly High School, Chicago

Ray Zahab:
You go quickly:)!!!!

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
If you were to get injured during the expedition and could not continue running, how would you handle the situation?

Abel Pulido,
Kelly High School, Chicago

Kevin Vallely:
We would deal with it one step at a time. We'd try to get out slowly and if that was impossible, as a last resort, we would organize a rescue.

Answered on: Wednesday February 3 2010
How early will you be getting up?

Lucas,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We'll be getting up with the sun. Probably around 6am.

Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
Will you play on your Mac book ?

Kailea,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We won't have time to play on our MacBook I'm afraid.

Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
Why do you run at a cold place?

Max,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We wanted to run on the oldest, deepest lake in the world. The only timer we could run on it was when it was frozen…when it's cold!!

Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
How many miles can you run a day?

Lucas,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We're hoping to run 65-70kms per day. That's almost 2 marathons a day!!

Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
Why are you going?

Tyler,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We're going to inspire youth like you to protect the planet. Specifically our lake Baikal run is aimed at bringing awareness to the water crisis in Africa.

Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
How come you eat once a day ?

Taylor,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We eat throughout the day. A big breakfast starts the day then we snack as we run and then we eat a big supper at the end of the day.

Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
Do you know how many days it will take to run up that lake?

Gabby,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
How do you get all of your things?

Jessie,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We bring evrything with us from Canada except our fuel and some food which we'll get when we arrive in Russia.

Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
Do you run a lot?

Daja ,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
How many things do you carry a 100?

Shalina,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
There's lots of stuff in our sled to make up the 100lb including cloths, gear, communication equipment food and fuel.

Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
How many partners will you need to cross the Atlantic Ocean?

Alex,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
Is it hard to run so much?

Lauren,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
It's hard to run 70kms per day but we're trained for it and are mentally ready to do it. It'll be hard though!!

Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
Do you and Kevin run every day?

Danika,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
How long did it take to get across the south pole?

Jackson,

Kevin Vallely:
It took us 33 days 23 hours and 55 minutes. We beat the old world record by over 5 days!!

Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
How much weight do you have on your body?

Kyle,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
Do you stop to camp in the woods?

Taylor,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We'll be on the lake ice for the entire expedition so we'll be setting up our tent directly on the ice throughout.

Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
What do you think was your most EXTREME adventure?

Sydney,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
Do you take breaks?

Lucas,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:
We take breaks evry hour or so. In the south pole we'd trek 2.5hrs then rest 15-20 minutes and repeat. I think for lake Baikal we'll rest less time but stop a little more frequently.

Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
How cold it will be ?

Jack,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
What day will you be coming back?

Tyler,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
How much do you eat a day?

Gretchen,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
Why do you have an ipod?

Kailea,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
What will you eat on the trip?

Savannah,
Trailblazer Elementray

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
What kinds of food do you eat?

Phoebe,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
Will you be sleeping on the ice?

Clay,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
How hard is it to wear that much stuff to the other lake?

Max,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
How many partners do you think you will nead to run across Moscow?

Alex,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
How do you have enough stuff for 12 days ?

Lucas,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
Do you get much sleep or not?

Daja ,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
What was your hardest run?

Jaylen,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
How much clothing will you have to wear on your trip?

Samantha,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
Is it going to be your hardest run yet?

Drake,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
Do you ever miss anyone?

Adrienne,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
Are going to run with a partner?

Gretchen,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
During your journey did you bump into any polar bears?

Abhishek ,
Embassy Of India School Moscow

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
How old are you?

kevin,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
Where do you put your tent?

Tara,
Pioneer Elementary School

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
Where do you plug in your phones and your laptop?

Gabriella ,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Saturday January 30 2010
How many animals have you seen?

Nicole Quiros from Mr. Callison's class,
Pioneer Elementary School

Kevin Vallely:
The animals we can expect to see on this expedition are seals and wolves. If we're lucky (or unlucky depending) we'll catch a glimpse of a grizzly bear emerging from hibernation!!

Answered on: Thursday January 28 2010
What is your biggest fear in life? Also, what is your biggest fear about this expedition?

Janelle from Mr. Callison's class,
Pioneer Elementary School

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Thursday January 28 2010
How much does all your equipment weigh in your backpack and how does it feel when you run with all that equipment?

Brandon,
Pioneer Elementary School

Kevin Vallely:
Our equipment is mostly in our sleds and it will weigh roughly 100lbs!!

Answered on: Thursday January 28 2010
How many hours a day do you train? How does this impact your relationships?

Joanna Seymour,
Columbus High School

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Thursday January 28 2010
How many calories do you think you eat a day?

Lauren,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Wednesday January 27 2010
Can you swim?

Kailea,
Trailblazer Elementry

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Wednesday January 27 2010
How many miles a day do you travel a day?

Dylan,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Wednesday January 27 2010
How come you run so much?

Brady,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Wednesday January 27 2010
How do you run with heavy stuff behind you?

Taylor,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Wednesday January 27 2010
How long will it take to train?

Tyler,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Wednesday January 27 2010
Why do you want to break a world record?

Phoebe,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Wednesday January 27 2010
How long is it to travel to the other side of the lake?

Max,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Wednesday January 27 2010
Do you run all day?

Shalina,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Wednesday January 27 2010
What do you eat for breakfast?

Esai,
Trailblazer Elementery

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Wednesday January 27 2010
Do you know how long it is going to take to get across the lake?

Jackson,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Wednesday January 27 2010
How much clothing do you have to wear and why?

Samantha,
Trailblazer Elementary

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Wednesday January 27 2010
How are you going to stay warm in Siberia?

Radames Colon,
OHIO

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Wednesday January 27 2010
When its cold how fast can you go?

Kyle,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Tuesday January 26 2010
How long will it take to get to Lake Baikal?

Grant,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Tuesday January 26 2010
Are you going to run on the ice or beside?

Samantha,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Tuesday January 26 2010
Where do you want to run through?

Alexey,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Tuesday January 26 2010
How can you run in crampons it seams hard?

Gretchen,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Tuesday January 26 2010
How early will you guys be waking up, and how late will you guys be going to sleep?

Tilmann,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Tuesday January 26 2010
How can you run in snow shoes?

chris,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Tuesday January 26 2010
How fast can you run?

Jake,
Trailblazer Elementary

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Tuesday January 26 2010
How do you get those amazing images while you are on your expeditions? Who is in charge of photography and how do you handle equipment necessary for capturing such great photos?

Katie Morrow,
O'Neill Public Schools

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Tuesday January 26 2010
What kind of animals do you see?

Heidi,
Trailblazer

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Tuesday January 26 2010
Do you do any cross training to supplement your running and to help avoid injury?

Rachel Nypaver,
Lake Erie College

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Tuesday January 26 2010
How will the folding solar panels be used?

Kathy Hobbs,
Southside Elementary, Starke, FL

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Tuesday January 26 2010
Did any of your gadgets get malfunctioned due to the cold ?

K.Suhaas,
EOI School Moscow

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Tuesday January 26 2010
After being in land of snow for so long I wonder if you belive in myths of yeti? Have you seen any mysterious footprints?

Saksham,
Embassy Of India School Moscow

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Tuesday January 26 2010
How many hours do you rest per day/night?

Shashwat Deolal,
Embassy Of India School,Moscow

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Tuesday January 26 2010
When you start your siberian trek will you come to moscow airport and visit our school?

Uditangshu,
Embassy Of India School Moscow

Bob Cox:


Answered on: Tuesday January 26 2010
What is on the menu for the expedition? How do you eat enough calories?

Jose J Molina,
Academia San Ignacio - Puerto Rico

Kevin Vallely:
Our menu will be a mix of pastas and rice with dried food meals like Chili and Lasagna all mixed up with coconut oil to boost the calories. We will eat lots of nuts and chocolate as well a drink a ton of Gatorade!!

Answered on: Monday January 25 2010
What are your favorite bands/artists/songs/audio books to listen to?

Jordan Thoms,

Kevin Vallely:
I love a whole mix of music as does Ray. Ray is famous for listening to Peter Frampton's "Do You Feel Like We Do" (a 14minute song) some twenty times in a row when he was running the Sahara. I like a mix ranging from the celtic rockers The Pogues to Trance master Paul Oakenfold. For Antarctica I chose unwisely with my audiobooks picking such classics as Apsley Cherry-Garrard's book "The Worst Journey in the World" describing Scott's doomed expedition to the South Pole. Listening to an audiobook about men skiing to the South Pole as you yourself are skiing to the South Pole is very bizarre in itself. The fact that Scott and his men all died in their attempt made it less digestible still. For Lake Baikal I will choose wiser!!

Answered on: Monday January 25 2010
Being away from family and friends in an isolated area of the world for extended amounts of time must be extremely tough. What kinds of "mental tools" have you and Kevin come up with over the years to help cope mentally?

Jordan Thoms,

Kevin Vallely:
Great question Jordan. The mental component is unquestionably the most important for adventures such as these. The key is to have family and all of you as part of our team and have a common goal beyond making it to the end. For us, the most exciting and compelling piece of the expedition will be our daily dialogue with students.You know that its going to be tough but if you know in your mind that your family and friends are all rooting for you it makes the tough times pass easier. There's no question though, there are lonely times out there.

Answered on: Monday January 25 2010
How much weight will you two being carying everyday on the expedition?

Sammi - Jo ,
Ridgetown District High School

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Sunday January 24 2010
How long does it take to get across a country?

keegan,
Tralblazer Elementry

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Sunday January 24 2010
How many calories will you be eating/burning while trekking across Lake Baikal? And what will your expedition diet be composed of?

Thomsen D'Hont,

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Sunday January 24 2010
How much do you eat and on average, how many calories do you burn a day?

Alex Lefebvre & Matt Lebrun,
D'Arcy McGee: Ms. Rossi's Grade 9 Outdoor Ed Class

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Sunday January 24 2010
Did you see penguins?

Kunal,
EOI Moscow

Ray Zahab:


Answered on: Sunday January 24 2010
What kind of precautions do you take to keep your food and water hot ?

Karan Shokeen,
Embassy Of India School Moscow, Moscow, Russia

Kevin Vallely:


Answered on: Sunday January 24 2010
How many siblings do I have?

Rhyan Cathrine beyer,
Trailblazer Elementry School

Kevin Vallely:
What I think you mean is how many kids do we have. Ray has a young daughter Mia and I have two young daughters Arianna and Caitlin. We're both happy family guys...and just in case I was wrong, I have a brother and a sister and Ray has a brother.

Answered on: Thursday January 21 2010
Do you have to worry about falling through the ice into Lake Baikal?

Kingston C. - Mrs. Cameron's science class,
Symmes Junior High

Kevin Vallely:
We do have to worry about falling through the ice. Most of the lake is over 2ft thick but there are sections where it is thinner and there are sections where the ice has broken apart creating openings in the ice. We'll have to be careful at all times but we both have lots of experience on the ice so we'll know what to look out for.

Answered on: Thursday January 21 2010
If there was an emergency when you're on the lake, how long would it take to get rescued?

Alexandra G. - Mrs. Cameron's science class,
Symmes Junior High

Kevin Vallely:
It could take days for a rescue so we need to be very careful out there. This is the key aspect of a remote expedition. We'll have to stay very focused and keep as safe as we can at all times.

Answered on: Thursday January 21 2010
Do you have to worry about polar bears when you're training?

Chelsey from Mrs. Cameron's science class,
Symmes Junior High School

Kevin Vallely:
Fortunately neither Ray nor I have to worry about polar bears in training. Ray is training in the Gatineau hills just outside of Ottawa and I'm training in the mountains of British Columbia. All the black bears are hibernating. We'd have to head really far north in Canada to find polar bear country.

Answered on: Thursday January 21 2010