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“The legacy of Polish explorers of Yakutia”

Recording from the conference “Wacław Sieroszewski and Polish Explorers of Siberia” realized remotely on October 20, 2020 in the framework of the implementation of the Grant Perfect Science awarded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for the project “Independence Engraved in DNA. Wacław Sieroszewski – Polish friend at the farthest ends of the world” No. DNK/SP/481115/2020.

Part I – The beginning

Part II – Conference proceedings

The 40th anniversary of the “Canoandes” Canoe Expedition 1981-2021

In 1981, members of the Canoandes expedition climbed to the heights of world exploration, conquering the world’s deepest Colca canyon in Peru as the first group ever.

For the next four decades, by initiating and implementing a number of exploratory, scientific and educational activities, they contributed to the development of the Colca Valley region, which has now become the country’s second tourist attraction after Machu Picchu.

The Polish Chapter of The Explorers Club, whose members are the participants of the expedition, and the Academic Kayak Tourism Club “Bystrze” from Krakow, from where the expedition set out to conquer the mountain rivers of the Americas, decided to jointly organize the celebration of this anniversary. (Link>>)

In the fall of 2021, we are planning popular science symposiums, screenings of the documentary Godspeed, Los Polacos !, photo exhibitions in Poland, the United States and Peru, and the publication of a jubilee album.

For the Polish Branch The Explorers Club For the Management Board A.K.T.K. “BYSTRZE” (“Swift current”)
Prof. dr hab. Mariusz Ziółkowski
Izabela Brzeźna
Colca 1981
Photo: Jacek Bogucki
From left to right:
Andrzej Piętowski – leader of a discovery expedition, kayak, raft
Piotr Chmieliński – leading kayaker
Jacek Bogucki – filmmaker, raft crew
Jerzy Majcherczyk – the captain of the raft
Stefan Danielski – the crew of the raft
Krzysztof Kraśniewski – the crew of the raft
(Zbigniew BZDAK is missing – photographer, securing the expedition in Lima)
Extension of the Polish Avenue in Chivay to the hot springs of La Calera.
Photo: Francisco Portugal, 2006

Alexander “Olo” Doba (1946-2021)

On February 22, departed a great traveler and kayaker who sailed three times across The Atlantic rowing alone in a kayak. He was a volcano of energy. With his accomplishments borders of the impossible were shifted.
Olo died in Tanzania while conquering Africa’s highest peak, Kilimanjaro fulfilling another travel dream.
We extend our deep sympathy to Olek’s Family.

Friends from the Polish Chapter of the Explorers Club

Aleksander Doba was the Laureate of the Special Mention awarded to him in 2015 by the Jury of the Prize Benedykt the Pole – read more on:

Professor Jerzy Gąssowski (1926 – 2021)

Professor Jerzy Gąssowski (1926 – 2021) during the Benedykt the Pole award ceremony in Arch Collegiate of Tum near Łęczyca,
June 9, 2017
(photo from

With deep regret we inform that Professor Jerzy Gąssowski passed away on 1 st of February, 2021. He was an outstanding archaeologist who searched for and discovered the tomb of Nicolaus Copernicus in the Frombork Cathedral and laureate of the Benedict the Pole Award in 2017.

Funeral ceremonies will take place on February 11 at 11.00 A.M. (Holy Mass) in Warsaw at the Northern Cemetery – Wólka Węglowa (Funeral Home, room A).

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Geologist, Palaeontologist, researcher of Siberia, he filled in the blanks in its map, and was responsible for mapping previously unknown geological regions of Russia

Aleksander Czekanowski’s father, Wawrzyniec, was a passionate entomologist and collector of insects. But it would be because of his son – prisoner of tsarist Russia, exiled barefoot to Siberia – that insects, arachnids, plants, mountains passes would carry his name…

Aleksander Czekanowski
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