Many people ask me, “Why on earth are you doing this?” A wet sleeping bag, cold weather, strong winds, thick fogs, severe storms…why?
It is not always easy to find the right words to answer this question. But when you have to lead a rough life away from civilization for 3 or 4 weeks, without mobile phones and Internet access, when you are one on one with the nature with its rivers and seas, mountain ranges and volcanoes, ice islands, whales, orcas, bears and reindeer, everything becomes clear and you understand all the whys!
Sure enough, the majority of us are capable of doing this only through the laptop or TV screen (oh, yes, they are also capable of reading now and then somebody else’s travel blogs in social networks), having important and, as they might think, persuasive excuses, something like “not the right age”, “there’s a lot to do”, “What? A month in the North?”, and to crown it all – “the catamaran is inflatable”…
That’s true, but at each stage of the coming expedition we’ll for the umpteenth time find those 6 people who will do it in real life. “Baikal-Alaska” will be their personal story which will stick in their memory for the rest of their lives.
Our ancestors used to make such journeys in more ascetic circumstances. You clearly understand this when you approach the places they had already been to. The majority of the places on the way from Baikal to Alaska have hardly changed. The nature has remained wild as it has always been. But we, people, have become extremely spoilt recently. All these buildings, apartments, offices, comfortable cars, restaurants, shopping malls are, without doubt, necessary things, but life isn’t about all these only.
In 2017 we completed 7000 km from Irkutsk to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky through Severobaikalsk, Yakutsk, Okhotsk and Magadan. Next year we are planning to complete the remaining 6000 km of the Bering Sea coastline: Kamchatka, Chukotka, Alaska are waiting for us.
The catamaran is wintering at Kamchatka. On the 17th of July 2018 we are going to proceed from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The route is divided into 4 stages through Anadyr, Egvekinot, the Bering Strait, Nome (Alaska), then southwards to the Aleutian Islands to Dutch Harbor and Anchorage. See the schedule in the presentation!
At each stage we have 4 vacancies for the fearless and self-confident!
P.S. I cannot but warn you: reacclimatization process is also not easy!
Leader of the expedition,