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Adventurers prepare for Bering Strait crossing

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two British adventurers attempting to be the first to drive across the partially frozen Bering Strait had a successful test run in their all-terrain vehicle and were doing final checks Friday before setting out for Russia within the next few days.

Steve Brooks and partner Graham Stratford are planning to drive from Alaska to Russia in a snowcat designed to cruise on snow, float on water and drill through ice.

Last year, the duo scratched after damaging the vehicle on a trial run.

They have since modified the vehicle and they tested it Thursday outside Wales, a village at the westernmost tip of Alaska.

The rig successfully climbed from open water onto ice sheets, according to villagers who watched the trial.

Brooks and Stratford are expected to start their journey across the treacherous 56-mile-wide Bering Strait soon.

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