The Winter Coast of Russia

Making Camp

Camping, Russian style

These are your standard Russian digs in the field. Most of the equipment is old army gear. Its not exactly REI quality, but it is very comfortable. More importantly, you can count on your Russian hosts to make you very happy. They provide a full-time cook who can sing and tell wonderful fairy tales.

They also are likely to build you a banya, which is something like a sauna heated by pouring water over red-hot rocks. Inside the banya, you would sweat, wash and rejuvenate your tired muscles by slapping yourself with a broom made of birch twigs.

On to: Hiking up cliffs