Kamchatka Ski Expedition Aborted

Skiing through interior Kamchatka, shortly before the end of the expedition. Photo: Ray Zahab

Endurance athletes Ray Zahab and Stefano Gregoretti have ended their 500km ski expedition across Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula. The pair quit near the town of Mil’kovo, after about 300km of their projected 500km trek, when local hunters informed them that the rivers ahead were all open. They had been skiing through the wild Russian mountains and forests for 19 days.

Packrafts might have allowed them to continue, but even if they had been available in this remote region, the adventurers’ lightweight plastic sleds could not have floated behind them, even in calm water.

Ray Zahab: expected ice, not open water.

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Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko is the editor of ExplorersWeb. Canada's premier arctic traveler, he is the author of The Horizontal Everest and Arctic Eden, and is currently working on a book about adventures in Labrador. In 2018, he was awarded the Polar Medal by the Governor General of Canada.

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with a packraft will be esy to cross calm river. and the sled fit on top of the packraft or just do severals crossing to bring all. just keep going. in any large trip is a good idea to bring at least one packraft.