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Photos: Northwest Passage by row boat

Son Nelson Hedrich snaps a photo of himself and father Charles in Wales on July 1, 2013, with the specialized rowboat that Charles hopes will take him across the Northwest Passage.
Courtesy Charles Hedrich
French adventurer Charles Hedrich sets off from Wales on July 1, 2013 in an attempt to cross the Northwest Passage via rowboat.
Courtesy Charles Hedrich
Son Nelson Hedrich and father Charles in his specialized rowboat, where they slept for 12 days waiting for the weather to clear in Wales.
Courtesy Charles Hedrich
French adventurer Charles Hedrich sets off from Wales on July 1, 2013 in an attempt to cross the Northwest Passage via rowboat.
Courtesy Charles Hedrich
Laurel Andrews

A 55-year-old French adventurer and world-renowned rower has been beached in Wales, on the Arctic Alaska coast, awaiting clear weather to launch his latest quest: navigating the infamous, ice-laden Northwest Passage that connects the Asian Pacific to the European Atlantic.

Charles Hedrich has successfully completed a two-month solo voyage across Antarctica and also rowed the Atlantic trade wind route from Dakhar to Brazil, setting a world record according to the Ocean Rowing Society, an organization which tracks ocean rowing routes. 

But this journey is off to a choppy start so far.

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