This story was originally published in Smith Journal Volume 22.

He’s scaled Everest twice, flown a balloon around the world in 11 days, and been camel riding with Vladimir Putin. Meet Fedor Konyukhov, 21st-century Russia’s most tireless adventurer.

Fedor Konyukhov greets visitors to his Moscow workshop with a hand to the forehead—a blessing in the Russian Orthodox Church, where he serves as a priest. A rugged 65-year-old with a thick gray beard and a booming voice, he wears a sailor’s pea coat with a priest’s soft black hat, and fingers a long rosary of wooden beads as he speaks. “I’ve got a lot of sins,” he jokes.

As Russia’s most prominent adventurer, he has climbed Mount Everest twice, reached the North Pole three times (including one time alone and on skis), rowed across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and sailed solo around the world four times.

In recent years, he has also taken up ballooning, and set his latest world record: An 11-day round the-world trip taking off and landing in Western Australia in July 2016.