Forums Trip Reports Siberian Ring of Fire – Volcanos of the Russian Far East
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  • #657189
    snowsavage
    312 Posts

    😉 Well damn, I knew I had some good photos but did not expect people to be this stoked about it; Thanks a million for the kinds words.

    When you get to ride new amazing places you gotta share it with everyone, really, I just want other people to get motivated to go check this place out…its soo good!

    Regarding the Culture aspect; I am glad people like that; for some people it could be overwhelming (they just want to see turns and such) but its an expression of how I perceive the world and how I approach snowbaording; as a bridge and a vehichle for experiencing the diversity and wonders of our planet, culturally, ecologically, historically, politically, and physically, and vice versa; these things are all vehichles by which we can approach our snowboarding….

    ok,,enough of the geeky philosophical stuff…and on to individual comments;

    Imitation Funk; The Tiger is an amazing, wonderful book that everyone should read! Good on you. Actually I looked into flying from Kamchatka to the Amur region to go find some Tigers but it was too complicated; someday I will go to the “Boreal Jungle”, I dont think you can shred there though.

    Fustercluck; Theshort answer is, I live recklesslessy with my money and time because it makes me much happier than being a conservative, timid drone. In the long run I might regret it but for now carpe diem is the only way I go. But would not this be the oppossite of a robot? A robot to me would be someone who just reserves themselves to living in mediocrity and the status quo. I am trying to live as a wild, free, concious, feral human, in all of my humaness.

    Jbay; good to know man! Did you check out the refined version of Subsistence Strategy’s that ended up in Frequency: A Snowboarder’s Journal this year? If my freezer is getting low this winter then another Brooks Range split hunting mission will be in order. This time I won’t try it alone so if anybody wants to step up!

    Regarding the 20 miles; we were trying to figure out how far we had to go on a map with kilometers, we calculated around 18-20 miles. It was very far and I was really worried about it. But it was mostly flat ground on hard snow. It was long, but easier than walking 20 miles with a big pack. Very beautiful tour as far as ambiance goes as well.

    Stoudema; Africa! Had you believing it eh? I really like that picture. It just looks like what you think a peak rising out of the African Savannah would look like, if there was one with snow. I hear that the small country of Lesotho might have something….

    Lastly, I should give some photo credits to Anmei Goldsmith and Beau Fredlund, who we were lucky to connect with for a few turns.

    #657190
    Taylor
    797 Posts

    How cool to see the mountains of Kamchatka up close like that; for years I’ve wondered what that landscape and its mountains look like. Thanks so much for taking us along on the adventure; by far my favorite trip report.

    Question: Which city did you fly into?

    @sun_rocket

    #657191
    EBwest
    71 Posts

    Just wanted to give thanks for your art work… Well done.

    #657192
    brainsteak
    87 Posts

    nice one dude!
    epic shots of places we could only imagine.

    #657193
    BGnight
    1382 Posts

    Keep livin’ the dream sir!
    Thanks for sharing as always. :rock:

    #657194
    ta hui
    45 Posts

    Nice one Dude!!! :headbang: I have too much to ask about all this! I rather have the conversation in person! NIce one! :rock: hows the work force in Girdwood area?

    #657195
    spruce cabin
    263 Posts

    You, sir, are one inspiring MF’er. Giving Jesus a run for his money, bro.

    #657196
    snowsavage
    312 Posts

    Taylor; there is only 1 city and its the only place you can fly into: Petroplovosk, and its suprisingly busy and happenin’ ; daily flights from Moscow. AK you gotta charter.

    Brain Steak; how’s your spring? where you surfin? what up with George?

    BG; what are the charts saying these days? I have not checked them in a while. I might have to sell to pay for snowboarding trips…

    Tai Hui; yeah, hopefully we can do that this winter; G-wood for work? resort jobs? dont really know; D-Green could give you some beta on that.

    Spruce Cabin; thats solid and keeps me inspired as well, thanks :headbang:

    #657197
    SchralphMacchio
    474 Posts

    Soooo, this is pretty much one of the most awesome, dedicated adventures ever.

    Woulda been awesome if you had someone like Edmands or Noah Howell or Corey Rich, or any other up and coming adventure filmmaker out there to document the thing. Not even so much for the fame and glory and riches, but to share the experience and produce media that tells the story at a very high level. I’m really impressed by this accomplishment, and a trip like this isn’t even within the thought process of most outdoor urbanites.

    Relative to some of your other adventures, how much time did you need to invest in the logistical planning? Also your emergency plan if things went pretty bad from a medical or gear perspective? I’d hate to be 20 miles outside of town, with AMS, in Russia …

    #657198
    snowsavage
    312 Posts

    Shralph;

    Kamachatka was in an Absinthe film (not sure what year). The segment had Terje and JP Solberg and others. They stayed in an expensive hot springs lodge that we went by on one of our ski tours. They had a heli and snowboarded through that same crater we did (the Volcano is like 30 miles away from that lodge). They built a bunch of kickers and rode powder in the trees. It looked pretty good. They were there in winter. That was a few years back. I was kicking around the idea of a Siberian expedition to a film company once, nothing ever came of it.

    Surprisingly I did not invest much time or effort into logistical planning. It’s all pretty straightforward to access the places we went to. I did not even study much before I left. I had set up the trip with an Alaskan who organizes trips over there and the plan was for us to show up and she would send us to the places that had the best snow and most feasible approaches for the time we were there. I did not show up with an agenda other than to ride a few volcanos.

    There are some more remote locations that do require much more planning. There are like 100 volcanos there. Beau Fredlund, a skier from Montana who some of you may know, who we climbed and skied with for a few days, and his partner, took off deep into the wilds the day that we flew out. They were going much further out on the edge than we did and were going for a 16,000 ft peak. They were facing a 3-4 day foot approach to the base of that one.

    In regards to safety, #1 we had a sat phone, #2 Igor, our driver, is the director of Search and Rescue for the local government. So, for being deep in Russia we had a very solid and secure setup (if anyone wants support for such an endeavor contact me).

    #657199
    saign
    330 Posts

    Wow, That looks like an awesome trip! Sorry you didn’t get that last summit…better safe than sorry.

    Thanks for sharing. Definitely stokes the fire. :thumpsup:

    #657200
    Dan9
    44 Posts

    Amazing, well done! Super epic, the stuff of dreams. :thatrocks:

    #657201
    summersgone
    820 Posts

    I finally read through this, super inspiration. 9000ft descent in what looks like the biggest, most awesome chute ever is mind blowing. That is the stuff of dreams, unfortunate you didn’t get it, but good decisions were made. It will be done. Great stuff.

    #657202
    JimmyC
    351 Posts

    Awesome TR—nicely done!! :bow:

    #657203
    keffler
    319 Posts

    Bump, because this was so damn cool. Looks like your “To Ride” list just got a lot longer. Reminds me of my favorite documentary, “The Long Way Round”.

    #657204
    snowsavage
    312 Posts

    Keffler; thanks for the bump 8) and glad you checked it out. “Long Way Round” was one of my inspirations to make it out there. After this session we flew to Europe and got to see a huge chunk of Siberia from the air; some sick and uncharted terrain; we need to do the “Long Way” by split!

    Summers Gone; weather is tough, you need a solid couple of days of stable weather to get the 9,000 vert run. I honestly just did not give myself enough time. It was all too rushed. Beau Fredlund, a pro skier from Cooke City stuck around for over a month and skied that 9,000 ft. run twice. The 1st time was in late April and he skied the entire line in fresh powder. I would like to go back and if I do I would stay close to that mountain for a week waiting for the window. I got the whole line figured out now and its just a matter of being there at the right time. But yeah, that chute is tottally mind blowing.

    #657205
    Method
    151 Posts

    That’s some cool shit right there! :thumbsup:

    #657206
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    That’s cool you got to shred with Beau a bit. I missed a couple of connections with that guy earlier this season and hope to make it happen this year.

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