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TeamTeam MembersNationalityGenderDOB (US Format)Calculated Age (At the time)Start PointEnd PointStart Date (US Format)End Date (US Format)Calculated Duration (Whole Days)Approx Distance (km)Calculated Average Daily Speed (km/day)RouteStyleUnassisted (i.e. kite, sail, skate etc)Unsupported (i.e. resupply)Notes on SupportLogistic/Resort SupportWeb LinksPulk Type (or Bicycle)Approx Total Pulk/Load Weight (kg)StoveFuelNotes on EquipmentNotes on Ice Conditions
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1Stefan WackerhagenGermanyMale7/11/197725KultukSeverobaikalsk2/10/20033/14/20033270021.9UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
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Stephan ReicheltGermanyMale4/14/197725KultukSeverobaikalsk2/10/20033/14/20033270021.9UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
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2Conrad DickinsonUKMale8/6/195551SludyankaNizhneangarsk3/1/20073/22/20072168032.4West Coast and East of OlkhonSki/footYesYesNil..Think first full traverse of lakeEugene Kaplunenko - AB Tourswww.polar-training.comX Mark110kgMSR WhisperliteColeman (local logistics)Need ice screws for tent. Use screw in studs for boots. Don't need ski's.Deep snow after Olkhon Island. Careful over water on headland pressure ridges..wet feet.
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Hilary DickinsonUKFemale5/17/195353SludyankaNizhneangarsk3/1/20073/22/20072168032.4West Coast and East of OlkhonSki/footYesYesNil..Think first full traverse of lakeEugene Kaplunenko - AB Tourswww.polar-training.comX Mark110kgMSR WhisperliteColeman (local logistics)Need ice screws for tent. Use screw in studs for boots. Don't need ski's.Deep snow after Olkhon Island. Careful over water on headland pressure ridges..wet feet.
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Alistair GuthrieUKMale--SludyankaNizhneangarsk3/1/20073/22/20072168032.4West Coast and East of OlkhonSki/footYesYesNil..Think first full traverse of lakeEugene Kaplunenko - AB Tourswww.polar-training.comX Mark110MSR WhisperliteColeman (local logistics)Need ice screws for tent. Use screw in studs for boots. Don't need ski's.Deep snow after Olkhon Island. Careful over water on headland pressure ridges..wet feet.
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Antony BairdUKMale--SludyankaNizhneangarsk3/1/20073/22/20072168032.4West Coast and East of OlkhonSki/footYesYesNil..Think first full traverse of lakeEugene Kaplunenko - AB Tourswww.polar-training.comX Mark110MSR WhisperliteColeman (local logistics)Need ice screws for tent. Use screw in studs for boots. Don't need ski's.Deep snow after Olkhon Island. Careful over water on headland pressure ridges..wet feet.
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3Alexander SemonovRussiaMale--ListvyankaListvyanka2/16/20073/24/2007361,85051.4UnknownSki/skateNoNoUsed skates and bought food along the way from local communities.https://angara.net/text/07/0409/Passed according to preliminary estimates about 1850-1950 km. Because of the hummocks, the Bay of Proval is not completely passed, in the Chivyrkuy Gulf it reached o.Goly. Barguzinsky Bay is a bit cut off at the isthmus. In small, but deep into the coastal zone, the bays reached half: Sor Bay, Ayay Bay, Frolikha Bay, Boguchanskaya Bay, Mukhur Bay, Ust-Anga Bay. Slightly compensated for the "hook" to the Great Ushkan Island.
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4Hardy BrandstötterAustriaMale197731NizhneangarskKultuk3/27/20084/12/2008171,08063.5Foot/SnowkiteNoYesSolowww.stormrider.at80
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5Felicity AstonUKFemale197730KultukSeverobaikalsk2/26/20083/27/20082863622.7West Coast and West of Olkhon. Over to Ust_Barguzin then followed East Coast to SeverobaikalskFoot/skiNo (we had kites with us and tried for one day but didn't get very far....and we got a lift on a snowmobile for a couple of kms over dodgy ice at the river mouth near Listvyanka)NoWe actively sought interaction with locals...several nights homestay (Ust Barguzin and Barguzin Valley, Olkhon, Davsha, Listvyanka)...many gifts from vehicles that passed us on the lake (biscuits, fish, vodka)....many acts of kindness from those we met on the lake.Russian MIRNo website but full expedition report filed with RGS (available online through RGS website)Snowsled Ice BluMSR XGK EXLighter fuel and whatever else we could get our hands on from village stores etc
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Jenny PughUKFemale197829KultukSeverobaikalsk2/26/20083/27/20082863622.7West Coast and West of Olkhon. Over to Ust_Barguzin then followed East Coast to SeverobaikalskFoot/skiNo (we had kites with us and tried for one day but didn't get very far....and we got a lift on a snowmobile for a couple of kms over dodgy ice at the river mouth near Listvyanka)NoWe actively sought interaction with locals...several nights homestay (Ust Barguzin and Barguzin Valley, Olkhon, Davsha, Listvyanka)...many gifts from vehicles that passed us on the lake (biscuits, fish, vodka)....many acts of kindness from those we met on the lake.Russian MIRNo website but full expedition report filed with RGS (available online through RGS website)Snowsled Ice BluMSR XGK EXLighter fuel and whatever else we could get our hands on from village stores etc
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6Ray ZahabCanadaMale02/11/196941Sludyanka (furthest point on lake)Nizhneangarsk3/1/20103/14/20101368052.3West Coast and East of OlkhonOn footUnassistedUnsupported None-http://www.impossible2possible.com/siberia/?s=event_info-70-80MSR XGKLocal Paint ThinnersRegular metal pegs for tent. Used high cuff running shoes with microspikes. Lots of glare ice. Broken up for big chunks. Snow covered for first 80km. Only one open lead
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Kevin VallelyCanadaMale9/10/196445Sludyanka (furthest point on lake)Nizhneangarsk3/1/20103/14/20101368052.3West Coast and East of OlkhonOn footUnassistedUnsupported None-https://www.kevinvallely.com/pages/siberian-express-70-80MSR XGKLocal Paint ThinnersRegular metal pegs for tent. Used high cuff running shoes with microspikes. Lots of glare ice. Broken up for big chunks. Snow covered for first 80km. Only one open lead
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7Dario AlaimoItalyMale10/10/197240ListvyankaOlkhon Island2/8/20132/12/2013523046.0West CoastFoot (Solo)UnassistedSelf supported-Self supported, economic logistics-Plastic sled (30Euro)50-Petrol--
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30Jack D'GamaEnglandMale23Olkhon IslandUst-Barguzin02-26-20142/28/20143YesYesBaikal NatureIce very thick, quite broken up. Not much snow until we got to the east coast
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8Gregory KaczorRussiaMale--ListvyankaUshkan Island3/10/20153/23/20151370554.2West Coast, Circumnavigation of Olkhon, then West to East crossing to Ushkan Island
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9Gregory KaczorRussiaMale--SludyankaListvyanka2/28/20163/1/201629045.0West Coast
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10Gavan HenniganIrelandMale3/23/198134SludyankaNizhneangarsk3/1/20163/17/20161670343.9West Coast allFoot/SnowshoeYesNoPicked up new stove at Listvyanka & Stayed night on Olkhon at guesthouse Eugene Kaplunenko - AB Tourswww.gavanhennigan.comBlue plastic 60MSR WhisperliteLocal Petrol Primus Omnifuel failure with local petrol (do not use this stove!) MSR worked a dream.Snow for first 3 days then good ice for 10 days then very deep snow in north for the finish, used lightweight racing snowshoes.
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11Gregory KaczorRussiaMale--Olkhon CircumnavigationOlkhon Circumnavigation3/3/20163/6/2016318762.3West Coast Circumnavigation of Olkhon
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12Gregory KaczorRussiaMale--NizhneangarskOlkhon Island2/28/20173/8/2017836245.3West Coast and West of Olkhon
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13Tim MossUKMale--Olkhon IslandUst-Barguzin3/20/20173/24/2017410025.0West-East crossingFootYesYesShared a meal with a Russian teamNonehttps://thenextchallenge.org/crossing-lake-baikal-winter/Plastic30Primus OmnifuelKeroseneStove failed due to old age and required a replacement part. Resorted to wood fires.80% covered in thin, compacted snow (good grip, more friction for pulks), 20% bare ice (the reverse).
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Laura MossUKFemale--Olkhon IslandUst-Barguzin3/20/20173/24/2017410025.0West-East crossingFootYesYesShared a meal with a Russian teamNonehttps://thenextchallenge.org/crossing-lake-baikal-winter/Plastic30Primus OmnifuelKeroseneStove failed due to old age and required a replacement part. Resorted to wood fires.80% covered in thin, compacted snow (good grip, more friction for pulks), 20% bare ice (the reverse).
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14Gregory KaczorRussiaMale--SludyankaNizhneangarsk2/18/20183/5/20181574349.5West Coast and East of Olkhon
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15Ash RoutenUKMale4/5/198631ListvyankaSeverobaikalsk2/25/20183/17/20182063431.7West Coast and West of OlkhonFoot/snowshoeYesNoPicked up additional fuel on Olkhon island & invited into guesthouse for lunch. One night in weather station hut and one night in local settlement hut.Eugene Kaplunenko - AB Tourswww.followmychallenge.com/live/ashrouten/lakebaikal/Plastic Paris Sled (x2)70MSR XGK-EXPetrol and Paint ThinnersIce damaged bottom of plastic pulks, local petrol burned dirty, paint thinners hard to light, synthetic gear preferrable.First 3/4 of lake from Listvyanka was bare ice with patches of snow. Few Torros fields, and no large areas of open water. Ski's or shoes needed on last quarter of lake due to heavy snowcover.
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Phil SturgeonUKMale8/27/196750ListvyankaSeverobaikalsk2/25/20183/17/20182063431.7West Coast and West of OlkhonFoot/snowshoeYesNoPicked up additional fuel on Olkhon island & invited into guesthouse for lunch. One night in weather station hut and one night in local settlement hut.Eugene Kaplunenko - AB Tourswww.ashrouten.com/adventures/baikal-2018/Plastic Paris Sled (x2)70MSR XGK-EXPetrol and Paint ThinnersIce damaged bottom of plastic pulks, local petrol burned dirty, paint thinners hard to light, synthetic gear preferrable.First 3/4 of lake from Listvyanka was bare ice with patches of snow. Few Torros fields, and no large areas of open water. Ski's or shoes needed on last quarter of lake due to heavy snowcover.
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16Scott GilmourUKMale--KultukNizhneangarsk3/1/20183/14/20181367551.9West Coast and East of OlkhonSki/footYesYesEugene Kaplunenko - AB Tourswww.frozentracks.com
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Rob TrigwellUKMale--KultukNizhneangarsk3/1/20183/14/20181367551.9West Coast and East of OlkhonSki/footYesYesEugene Kaplunenko - AB Tourswww.frozentracks.com
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Michael StevensonUKMale12/21/197839KultukNizhneangarsk3/1/20183/14/20181367551.9West Coast and East of OlkhonSki/footYesYesEugene Kaplunenko - AB Tourswww.frozentracks.com
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17Jonny MutchUKMale11/24/196947SeverobaykalskListvyanka02/27/201803/17/20181864535.8West Coast and East of OlkhonBicycle with ice tyres / mostly pushing or stubborn riding with difficulty!YesYes. Restocked supplementary food at Olkhon and stayed at cabins as found en route, either occupied or unoccupied.Mix of own tent, rangers huts and guest houses towards Listvyanka. Map used was REISE Baikalsee 1:550000.In country support: tim@baikaltop.ru / Great freeze dried food: https://www.firepotfood.com/blogs/field-notes/firepot-cycling-frozen-lake-baikalhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Baikal-Solo-Winter-Cycle-Expedition-ebook/dp/B07DS9617S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538727952&sr=8-1&keywords=siberia+cycle+winterBicycle Thorn Nomad with Schwalbe ice tyres and Ortleib bags.60kgMSR XGK-EX with spares and 2nd stoveLocal petrol. Worked fine.Used 2 ice screws and climbing strops to secure tent. Montane smock and salopettes, Baffin Shackleton boots. PHD down gear and down sleeping bag. Should have used big synthetic bag due ice. Tent was RAB gortex 1 man dome - ecxcellent. Only failure was the plunger in the stove pump, fished it out, oiled the pump and refitted. Do not go without GPS tracker...I used Spot Gen 3 and satphone in case of extreme emergency.100% snow cover over full length. Deeper and drifting in the North. Mostly not rideable. Some very slow days in the North with just 11 km per day. Unstable ice at Cape Elokhin where a park ranger was lost assisting to extract exped 4x4 the day before my arrival, also broke through ice just offshore from a hut 4nm N of Bol Kolokolny.
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18Bill HanlonCanadaMale
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19Mike O'SheaIrelandMale
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Clare O'LearyIrelandFemale
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20Vašek SůraCzech RepublicMale
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Pavel BlažekCzech RepublicMale
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21Honza ŽďánskýCzech RepublicMale9/30/1986
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22Waltraud SchulzeGermanyFemale
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Andy HeßbergGermanyMale
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23Dalibor BenešCzech RepublicMale
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Marek ŠimíčekCzech RepublicMale
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24Andrei KireevRussiaMale9/1/1970
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25Juan Mendez GranadosSpainMale
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26Hogan BeernaertBelgiumMalekultuk31670yesyes
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27Xu Jiangjun (Ivan Xu)ChinaMale
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28David ŠelichaCzech RepublicMale
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29Filip ZlochCzech RepublicMaleMore than 600 km on skis, on "cats" - approx. 250 km, on skates - 300 meters, the rest on foot.
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Teodor Glomnes Johansen
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