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Main / Expeditions / To the beginnigs of the Olenyok river 1999

To the beginnigs of the Olenyok river 1999

The second expedition of the series “5000 kilometres on my own”, which closed the route crossing Srednesibirskoe tableland. This time the route began in Tura, the capital of Evenkia. Last time, when I was getting down the Nijnyay Tunguska, I had overnight stop in the house of the local geologists. The ground for this a letter of recommendation was – it was written by one of my friends who had worked there. This time I was full of uncertainty: I had to do, that nobody had done before. I was waited by one of the less populated territories of the world, lying to the north of the Nijnyaya Tunguska. With the help of the self-elaborated tactics I managed to cross a territory of about 700 kilometres between the Nijnyaya Tunguska and the beginning of the Olenyok river, having 100 kilograms of weight. Then I went 700 kilometres down the Olenyok river to the settlement of the same name. 250 kilometres of this part of the route I had to trail the loaded kayak by water of even stones. Two portages through the basin of different rivers left memories of greedy insects, impassable taiga, swamps, and carrying of the weight. The Moiero river in its rapids presented me moments of felling life and dearth. But the calm Olenyok didn’t want to help me too. The first several hundred kilometers I rarely found myself in the kayak. Once I asked the space how many days I had to spend in loneliness. I couldn’t believe in the unclear answer but it turned to be the truth. Exactly 40 days later I met the first man on my way. It happened at the weather station Yaralgin located on the Olenyok river. A wonderful coincidence: his loneliness lasted the same period of time. Next day a helicopter brought workers and finely destroyed his loneliness. I had to overcome another 400 kilometres to the Olenyok settlement. I spent only eight days for it, traveling by great and beautiful river, wondering by the number of wolves who didn’t show aggression to the newcomer. You can read about this travel in the article “Behind the horizon”.

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