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The 17 Gnarliest Things To Do In Siberia
« on: January 02, 2014, 02:33:35 PM »
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THE 17 GNARLIEST THINGS TO DO IN SIBERIA

Sure, you've always known that Siberia is super cold, but now, thanks to 56th Parallel -- who've taken some of the most rugged & otherworldly geography on the planet and turned it into a series of magnificent adventures -- it's also super cool to visit. Here are 17 badass reasons why (the article has a photo accompanying every activity):

Ride a Russian hovercraft across Lake Baikal:
Apparently those industrious Ruskies made something called The Hivus, and the amphibious beast hits speeds of up to 90kmph while flying across Lake Baikal...frozen or not.

Go ice diving in Lake Baikal:
Fun fact: at 1642m, Baikal is the deepest freshwater lake in the world. Tack on how insanely cold it is, and you have a robust (1800+) and weird (the Baikal seal) spread of species that inhabit it.

Drive ice go-karts:
Not only can you drive suped-up go-karts across a frozen wilderness, 56th Parallel's package lets you drive a "boogster" (Russian dune buggy) and get a rally car lesson from a "Russian race champ."

Kayak 100km along the coastal Bering Sea:
Snowy volcanoes, sea caves, and sea lions bigger than grizzly bears await you on this 7-day/ 6-night odyssey. Or, kick it on Lake Baikal instead.

Snow kite on enormous glacial lakes or down enormous glacial mountains:
Strap on your skis (or snowboard) and replace your poles with an enormous, man-lifting kite as you fly-ski away into awesomeness.

Heli ski 15,000 vertical feet of volcanic mountain along the Pacific Rim of Fire:
Should snow kiting not be badass enough for you, score 4 days of the most desolate big-mountain skiing in the world on the Kamchatka Peninsula, wherein a beastly Russian Mi-8 helicopter will act as your personal chairlift.

Play paintball in a taiga forest:
Screw the flimsy, man-made courses you're used to. In Siberia, you're hunted on God's course: the desolate, unforgiving, snow-drifted woods.

Explore arctic Yakutiya where reindeer are just regular deer:
The Sakha Republic is in one of the most remote regions of the Russian Federation, and nearly 40% of Yakutiya -- its main city -- is actually above the Arctic Circle. You can go there and live like the Yakuts live, reindeer, mammoths, vodka and all.

Go taimen fishing on the Uda River:
Siberian taimen are the largest salmonoid fish in the world, commonly weighing in at 66lbs (w/ some on record at 220lbs), and locals call them the "water tiger" and "river wolf" because they'll freaking eat you. Alright, they won't eat you, but they'll eat that beaver standing next to you.

Ice golf on Lake Baikal:
Those wiley Siberians make the most out of their enormous frozen lake, including creating an 18-hole course on it that's run by the Irkutsk region’s ice golf federation (seriously). There're even ice golf pros to show you the ropes.

Go reindeer sledding:
Think husky sledding is too pedestrian? Then go on a similar ride, but this time Santa-style.

Just say f-it and take the Trans-Siberian Railroad instead:
And, hey, there's no shame in just seeing it all by train either. From Vladivostok to Moscow: 7 days. 9258km. And a schload of Siberia, the most epic travel destination on Earth, right out your window.

http://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/the-17-gnarliest-things-to-do-in-siberia

Hey, that last one is what Karl Pilkington did in Siberia.

I noticed the author of the article did what many Westerners do: call everything East of Moscow and West of Little Diomede Island Siberia.

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Re: The 17 Gnarliest Things To Do In Siberia
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2014, 03:43:13 PM »
A lot of that sounds like fun, but I hate the cold here, so not likely to enjoy - 900
That said, doing the train trip would be a wicked trip:)
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Re: The 17 Gnarliest Things To Do In Siberia
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2014, 01:17:34 PM »
try anything in siberia in -30 and you'll soon be dead.

-16 the other day with a little snow fall, I call it ice, and your face is numb, nothing prepares you for the coldness here, add in a little wind chill factor, it's not fun.

Nobody does anything when it's proper cold, -30, when it's warmer, -16, people ski and use ski mobiles and quad bikes, makes your cheeks feel like they will pop when something warm touches them.

Still the coffee is nice indoors, the cakes even better!
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Re: The 17 Gnarliest Things To Do In Siberia
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2014, 03:29:09 PM »
try anything in siberia in -30 and you'll soon be dead.

-16 the other day with a little snow fall, I call it ice, and your face is numb, nothing prepares you for the coldness here, add in a little wind chill factor, it's not fun.

Nobody does anything when it's proper cold, -30, when it's warmer, -16, people ski and use ski mobiles and quad bikes, makes your cheeks feel like they will pop when something warm touches them.

Still the coffee is nice indoors, the cakes even better!


 You'd be surprised how you get used to the cold weather when you are in it for a while. We've had quite a bit of -25 to -30 weather here for the last month, in fact today it is -28 and I just came back from a ride on the snowmobile. Didn't seem too bad now that I'm used to it, and it was nice and sunny with absolutely no wind so it felt much warmer. I'm sure anyone in Siberia gets used to the weather too.


 

 

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