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Backcountry Skiing Altay, Siberia, 1988

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Created/Edited: Oct 28, 2008 / Oct 28, 2008

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In lieu of a TR

 
Dawn at Akkem Moraine Camp, Altay
Akkem Glacier Moraine camp at dawn
 
Naled ice, Kara-Ayry Basin, Altay Mtns
Siberia's famous Naled Ice

The March 1988 ski backpack took 4 of us 16 days. We pretty much covered the length of Katun' Range, West to East, as well as the gorge of Argut cutting between Katun' and Chuyskie Ranges. We haven't seen any other skiers during the tour, but met a few people (meteorologists at Akkem Station and Native Siberian sheep herders on Argut).

The route went from Tyulyuk Airstrip up Mul'ta River, to Krutoy and Gagpi passes into Kuragan Valley, over twin Ioldo Passes to Dzhorashkol and Kucherla Lakes, across Riga-Turist Pass to Akkem Glacier, thence Druzhba Pass to Mensu Glacier, and finally down the endless frozen gorge of Argut to Katun' River Valley and Chuyskiy Trakt Highway.

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Ski track at the base of Siberia\'s highpoint

Ski track at the base of Siberia's highpoint

Gagpi Pass

Gagpi Pass

Start of descent from Riga-Turist Pass, Altay

Start of descent from Riga-Turist Pass, Altay

Naled ice, Kara-Ayry Basin, Altay Mtns

Naled ice, Kara-Ayry Basin, Altay Mtns

Ski traverse to Fortochka Col, Altay

Ski traverse to Fortochka Col, Altay

Timberline bivvy, North Ioldo Creek, Altay

Timberline bivvy, North Ioldo Creek, Altay

Frozen Cataracts of Argut

Frozen Cataracts of Argut

Poperechnoe Lake, view from Krutoy Pass

Poperechnoe Lake, view from Krutoy Pass

Ascending Druzhba Glacier, Altay Mtns

Ascending Druzhba Glacier, Altay Mtns

Windblown snow, Gagpi Pass, Altay

Windblown snow, Gagpi Pass, Altay

Backlit snow plumes, Druzhba Glacier, Altay

Backlit snow plumes, Druzhba Glacier, Altay

Last leg of ascent to Krutoy Pass, Katun\'skie Belki Range, Altay

Last leg of ascent to Krutoy Pass, Katun'skie Belki Range, Altay

First glance at Belukha from Ioldo-Ayry Glacier

First glance at Belukha from Ioldo-Ayry Glacier

Roerich Peak (3492 m) and Ak-Oyuk (3670 m)

Roerich Peak (3492 m) and Ak-Oyuk (3670 m)

Dawn at Akkem Moraine Camp, Altay

Dawn at Akkem Moraine Camp, Altay


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Dmitry PrussRe: nice

Dmitry Pruss

Hasn't voted

Thanks D, as you can guess I planned to write up real TRs and more ... but it's hard to catch up when one has real life too LOL. The albums is a quick-and-cheap way to organize pictures, but in the end they aren't ever sorted in order. It still remains almost random!

But ... if you view them as a "map", it makes a bit more sense!
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