Ramble out and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. We need it. We need the great outdoors, to retrieve our own meaning of life, to find our own personal compass away from the morality of the crowds. With e-books, photographs and videos Outdoor Empathy shares it’s journey into these far lands, that lay silent, forgotten, majestic. Millions of square miles are waiting for our humble presence.
At the end of September 2012 I ventured out from the harbour of Provydeniya, Russia, to start a 9.000 kilometer journey from Asia to Greenland by kayak, ski’s and kite. A combination of equipment failure and strict rules of the Russian Border Patrol however, forced me to abort the expedition. I am very excited to go for a second attempt in June 2013, starting in Nome, Alaska, to avoid Russian bureacracy. Read the ebook, watch the videos or go to http://www.facebook.com/ArcticVenture for the most recent updates.
It was an adventure on itself to only get to my starting point, Suntar River, in the far eastern corner of Siberia. In tropical temperatures the expedition went over the Indigirka River, through the white water of the Porozhny Gorge, to the town of Belaya Gora near the Arctic Ocean. A distance of thousand kilometers in five weeks over water, combined with bushwalks to hard to reach mountain ranges. Read the ebook or watch the videos. The video below shows a very dangerous situation I encountered the very first day.
Spending nine weeks in the remote Buryat Republic, north-east of the Baikal Lake, was a dream coming true. Starting on a warm summer day, I managed to find Kotera River in the densely forested Angara Valley, went upstream to reach a desolate mountainpass in the Muyiskiy Range, and further downstream the Muya and Vitim River. A distance of thousand kilometers combined with bushwalks into desolate mountainranges. By the time I reached the town of Bodaybo the temperature had plunged below zero. Read the ebook or watch the videos.