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Ski Backpacking in the Ural Arctics

 
Ski Backpacking in the Ural Arctics

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Object Title: Ski Backpacking in the Ural Arctics

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Page By: Dmitry Pruss

Created/Edited: Nov 6, 2008 / Nov 6, 2008

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Frosty dawn at Geologists  Pass
Iced-over window at a geologists' trailer, 1986
 
Age of canvas waning: Arctic Ural
A tundra camp, 1980

Ural Mountains, the official divide between Europe and Asia, and between the Original Russia and Siberia, are huge. Even its Northern-most continental ranges, rising above undulating coastal tundra, stretch hundreds miles under the collective name of Arctic, or Polyarny, Ural (there are also hundreds more miles of mountain chains continuing further North over the archipelago of Novaya Zemlya).

Due to its mineral riches, Arctic Ural has been "relatively" accessible for a long time. It has longer snow season than most of the mountains of European Arctics, and the weather is a bit more stable there too, due to a greater distance from the moist winds of the North Atlantic.

That's why we developed a tradition of early- and late-season ski backpacks in the Arctic Ural. I first skied there twice in the early 80s in the crew of Olga Mazurenko, the famed Great Witch of the Tundra who always kept her trademark little broom sticking out of her backpack. In the late 80s I led four trips of my own all across the range. There is a lot to tell about these mountains' geography, history, and conditions, but for the time being, let me just share a few pictures.
The Arctic Ocean that way!
Chains of mountains stretch North towards the Arctic Ocean shores. 1989

Images


Nowhere in tundra

Nowhere in tundra

Geologists\' Pass

Geologists' Pass

Time for this ice to melt :) !

Time for this ice to melt :) !

The Arctic Ocean that way!

The Arctic Ocean that way!

Above the tundra clouds

Above the tundra clouds

Frosty dawn at Geologists\' Pass

Frosty dawn at Geologists' Pass

On the summit of Pendirma-Pe, Arctic Ural

On the summit of Pendirma-Pe, Arctic Ural

Age of Canvas Waning: Arctic Ural

Age of Canvas Waning: Arctic Ural

Peak 1344m and the high country of Us\'va-Ty Passage, Arctic Ural

Peak 1344m and the high country of Us'va-Ty Passage, Arctic Ural

Yenga-Yu-Iz Mtn, Arctic Ural

Yenga-Yu-Iz Mtn, Arctic Ural

Dusk at Big Paypudyna River, Arctic Ural

Dusk at Big Paypudyna River, Arctic Ural

Age of canvas waning: Arctic Ural

Age of canvas waning: Arctic Ural

Near the summit of Pendirma-Pe, Arctic Ural

Near the summit of Pendirma-Pe, Arctic Ural

Ascending the rim of Topographers Cirque, Arctic Ural

Ascending the rim of Topographers Cirque, Arctic Ural

Hanmey Mountain (1356 m), Arctic Ural

Hanmey Mountain (1356 m), Arctic Ural


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yatsekGreat Job!

yatsek

Voted 10/10

Beautiful album, and I'm not exaggerating; no kidding this time.
Cheers - Jacek
Posted Nov 7, 2008 4:12 am

Dmitry PrussRe: Great Job!

Dmitry Pruss

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Thanks Yatsek, of course it is far far short of the original write-ups plan, but still a nice sampler :)
Posted Nov 9, 2008 6:11 pm

NoonduelerAwesome territory!

Noondueler

Voted 10/10

Great album! You really get out there!
Posted Dec 12, 2008 6:58 pm

Dmitry PrussRe: Awesome territory!

Dmitry Pruss

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Thanks Noondueler, it is a huge mountain country out there, both beautiful and stark
Posted Dec 13, 2008 2:06 pm

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