An amazing month in eastern Siberia kayaking wild rivers and drinking heaps of vodka!!!
Off to the Land of Wild Rivers and Mountains - David Farkas
For the past year I've been planning a trip to Siberia to paddle in the eastern Sayan Mountains. This mountain range is located near the Mongolia border and contains many high peaks and un-paddled rivers. Our target, the Onot River, has not seen a complete descent so our objective is to get in there and see what we can paddle. It also has several tributaries that haven't been paddled so another goal is to get on those and knock off some 1st descents. Quite an awesome itinerary and with our team of paddlers, I think we'll do quite well.
So...at midnight tonight I'll be flying Korean Air to Seoul then connecting to Irkutsk which is located on Lake Baikal...the deepest fresh water lake in the world. This will be the longest fight I've ever taken...phew...better have a few drinks to knock me out :)
Along with the Onot River, we'll be paddling the Kitoy and Biluti Rivers. These 2 rivers have been paddled and from what I've seen, I'm in for days of amazing water, clean waterfalls, and incredible canyons. All 3 rivers require overland hiking with kayaks on our backs. This is not the easiest means of travels but often necessary to get where you're going. Huffing a 35kg kayak with a carry system for miles can be tough, yet using this system let's you carry into amazing locations which otherwise would be impossible.
Here are the coordinates for the Onot River:
For my kayaking kit of equipment, I'm bringing the 5.10 Ascents & Canyoneers. Both shoes offer great traction and comfort for kayaking yet are completely different in their uses. The Ascents are lightweight and low cut...more like a standard shoe. The Canyoneers are beefy, slightly heavier, with high neoprene cuffs designed to keep material, pebbles, and sand outta the shoe. I'm bringing both and will decide which would be best for each run.
I'll be sending blog updates as the trip unfolds and once we're traveling to the rivers, I'll be outta touch. Cheers and see you in a month.