First glimpse of Chuyskie Mountains, Altay
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across the bowl of Yeshtyk-Kol lakes. The divide between Oroy and Shabaga rivers is the first point where travelers to North Chuyskie Belki Range ascend above the timberline and see the high backs, still at least a full day ahead.
Can you spot a human being in this picture?
February 1985 Chuya-to-Katun' ski crossing of Altay Mountains