Our green S7 took off from a hot and humid Beijing. It was full of Russians who had come to China to buy cheap stuff. Surprisingly, I did not see any drunk, rowdy Russians, so I closed my eyes in hope of taking a 5 hour nap before the long drive to the river. In [...]
We will start and finish our Sayan Oka river trip in one of the nicest cities of Siberia – Irkutsk. It is the gateway to the rivers of the Eastern Sayan Mountains and regions surrounding Lake Baikal.
Irkutsk began as a tiny fortress in 1661 at the confluence of the Irkut and Angara Rivers. [...]
We’re starting to plan for next summer’s rafting trips on the Sayan Oka River and came across these videos you might enjoy.
The first one has some great music and a couple of traditional Russian catamarans running some of the bigger rapids.
Heere is some video of a flip at Okinskij (Oka) Rapid.
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Adventurer Yuri Klaver has just returned from a remarkable solo-expedition into the far east of Siberia. With a kayak he travelled over the Russian Indigirka River from Oymyakon to Belaya Gora, nearby the Arctic Ocean. In 45 days he covered a distance of 1000 kilometers and was the first westerner to climb the high Porozhny [...]Continue Reading →
I love this city. I first visited with my parents when I was eleven. Its museums (Hermitage, Russian Art, St. Isaac Cathedral, Navy, Zoology), theaters, stunningly beautiful architecture all had a huge impact on me even at this age. Later I visited Leningrad many more times. I spent 5 years there as a student of [...]Continue Reading →
My introduction to Russia was through Moscow. I flew into the Domodedovo Airport, met Vlad, and we jumped on the Airtrain into the city center. The 45 minute Airttrain ride was my first opportunity to actually hear people speak Russian which is an impossible language to understand. I loved looking out the window at the [...]Continue Reading →
About a year ago Zach and I drove home after our traditional Tuolumne river trip and talked about our plans. As always I pressed him with my idea of running rivers in Siberia. Zach was probably tired after our trip or just relaxed before the dinner with some vodka in my house because suddenly he [...]Continue Reading →