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Mamay Valley, Siberia

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Hooking up with some Russians for an early season ski touring trip to Mamay Valley, Siberia. Only bears and wolves for company. Apparently it gets a bit chilly so must remember to patch up the holes in my gloves!

Anyone done this or something similar?
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didn't @weathercam, do something similar a couple of seasons back?

https://www.stylealtitude.com/skiing-in-siberia-luzhba-skitouring-lodge-skitour-feature.html
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swskier wrote:
didn't @weathercam, do something similar a couple of seasons back?

https://www.stylealtitude.com/skiing-in-siberia-luzhba-skitouring-lodge-skitour-feature.html


Yes he did - but hadn’t read that article so thanks. Doesn’t look promising for airbag on Aeroflot!
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You lucky bar steward

Have a great time
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Looks fantastic. Make sure you’re not the slowest runner in the group so the bears/wolves get someone else. Toofy Grin
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I think I’m the fattest and slowest. Not a great combo in bear country Skullie
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Apparently it gets a bit chilly so must remember to patch up the holes in my gloves!
Anyone done this or something similar?
Yes, I used ductape and it worked a treat Toofy Grin

Looks a fantastic trip. Make sure to post a trip report.

Is it easy enough to get into Russia in terms of covid requirements?
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Is it easy enough to get into Russia in terms of covid requirements?


Need a negative test in the 72 hours prior to arrival
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Test was negative. Just squeezed under the weight limit. Sorry pup…
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Forecast looks good, if bl00dy cold. Depart Irkutsk on Sunday…
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Bloody hell Bob, that’s cold.
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Just had to google it to see where it was.

Map showed the location, and 1 river for reference. rolling eyes Looks like middle of bloody nowhere. I assume it's a guided tour?

How many days traveling just to get there?
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@BobinCH this looks amazing, have a great trip.
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@BobinCH this looks amazing, have a great trip.
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Very exciting. I shall enjoy sitting in a warm armchair reading about it.
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brianatab wrote:
Just had to google it to see where it was.

Map showed the location, and 1 river for reference. rolling eyes Looks like middle of bloody nowhere. I assume it's a guided tour?

How many days traveling just to get there?


6 hour flight East from Moscow
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Where's the bear spray? Toofy Grin wink
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Looks like you're even further East than we were !

Don't forget, on trips like this, take your boots as hand luggage, as you don't want to loose those!!

If skis & clothing don't turn up you can usually get by, but boots can be more difficult.

Our journey we had the long flight East to Abakan and then a long bus trip to get to the railhead, and then a train into the middle of nowhere as the trails are not open in the Winter, and they have no roads to speak of.


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BobinCH wrote:
I think I’m the fattest and slowest. Not a great combo in bear country Skullie


Apparently bears relay want the liver and can sence which prey has the largest one... Toofy Grin
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BobinCH, Looks amazing, have a great time and we'll need loads of pics / trip report Madeye-Smiley

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Apparently bears relay want the liver and can sence which prey has the largest one...


But do they like it pickled ?
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BobinCH, Looks amazing, have a great time and we'll need loads of pics / trip report Madeye-Smiley

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Apparently bears relay want the liver and can sence which prey has the largest one...


But do they like it pickled ?


If he's going with Russians, @BobinCH, might be Ok
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Bones wrote:
BobinCH, Looks amazing, have a great time and we'll need loads of pics / trip report Madeye-Smiley

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Apparently bears relay want the liver and can sence which prey has the largest one...


But do they like it pickled ?


If he's going with Russians, @BobinCH, might be Ok


Met the Russian team last night. Think I’m safe!
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We brought along Ivan Drago for security

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Where's the bear spray? Toofy Grin wink


Sod that
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@BobinCH, have you lost Putin's boys yet?

And obviously never been told "don't point a gun at someone even though you think it's not loaded" just ask Alec wink
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Thank goodbess you are wearing safety glasses while handling that compact sub machine gun! Very Happy Very Happy

Put one in your hand luggage for me please...the bunnies around here are getting too quick for my dogs.
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I hope you are a quick shot with that thing. Sod the bears, I just read Siberian tigers can reach almost 100 km/h.
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Preparing for hut life hardship with some Beluga caviar
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Thank goodbess you are wearing safety glasses while handling that compact sub machine gun! Very Happy Very Happy

Put one in your hand luggage for me please...the bunnies around here are getting too quick for my dogs.


I think you want this AK 47…
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One for the smelly fish collective…
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Hmmm breaking trail might be interesting
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How are you getting on with the endless rounds of toasting? That can be difficult for some Brits.

I was in Moscow for three winters and Mongolia for two; no real hills in the former and no real snow in the latter (too cold and dry).
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Looks like an epic adventure! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to more updates.
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@BobinCH, would be interested in hearing on the required level of experience, skills and fitness for this kind of adventure.
Enjoy it, ни пуха ни пера!
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@bobinch not been to Siberia, but one of the greatest adventures I've had was in Russia, in the High North. Great time, true wilderness, and vodka!
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@mooney058, I did it a few years ago and there is a link to the feature and video towards the top of the page, or click here.

You have to be pretty fit as you're doing two to three climbs a day, totalling about 1,200m.

Good experience of ski touring is also preferable as it can be very cold and if you end up faffing in the transitions others in the group will not appreciate that.

Plus skinning in deep powder even though the guide is breaking trail can be hard work, along with being in the forest so more kick-turns than usual, and obviously, you have to be able to ski powder and trees well, though I'm not too sure what the terrain is like where @BobinCH, is, though from the picture above could well be similar?

And of course good to be a hardened drinker if you end up drinking with the Ruskies Laughing
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How are you getting on with the endless rounds of toasting? That can be difficult for some Brits.

I was in Moscow for three winters and Mongolia for two; no real hills in the former and no real snow in the latter (too cold and dry).


Surviving so far!
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@Weathercam, thanks a lot, not for me then as I can hike 1500m with 12-15kg, but only starting ski touring and never did tough off-piste (Some in Gressoney and easy one in Japan).

As an ex Homo Sovieticus I can withstand some vodka drinking (my favourite cocktail in younger days was “deer eye” - 100ml of vodka and a cranberry Smile
Plus I can speak RU still pretty well so could judge guide’s/group’s mood Smile
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@BobinCH, feck that looks like you're in civilisation ??!!!
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