Lake Baikal, situated in Siberia, is the largest and deepest lake on earth. It contains enough water to cover the whole globe in 20 cm of water. We want to be the first to cross this lake in the 700 km longitudinal direction solely on foot. We will walk on a 70 to 120 cm thick layer of ice. The best method to transport our baggage under these conditions is to use a special sled called a pulka. In this way both of us can eachpull 80 to 100 kg of equipment, clothing and food. The mean calculated expedition time is about 6 weeks, but we have scheduled another 2 weeks just to be on the safe side. Most people do not really understand why some people do such things voluntarily. There are several reasons.
 


 
Phonecall from Lake Baikal

03/13/03 02.45 p.m. (Berlin time)
S. and S. are near the end of their expedition and will arrive at Severobaikalsk tomorrow. The last days weather was sunny and clear but cold and windy with temperatures about -15°C day / -35° C night. S. Reichelts inflammation became better while going on. Three days ago a russian TV team convoi searched for them after they heard of their enterprise. In the evening hours they sightened Stephanīs and Stefanīs lightened tent on the lake and met them for an interview.

03/06/03 02.00 p.m. (Berlin time)
After crossing "Olchon" from east to west and spending 2 days on the isle because of the weather conditions Stephan an Stefan are now at the east side of the lake. In spite of the exhausting condition of very snowy surface their average speed is at 27 km per day. Stephan R. has got an imflammation of the shin tendon. The gas cooker broke last days. It didnīt make the temperature variations. There are about 220 km left. Estimated arrival is in about two weeks.

02/25/03 03:45 p.m. (Berlin time)
The satellite phone is making trouble. At the moment itīs not sure if the phone contact can be kept up. Also Stephan Reichelt afflicts with toothaches but will go on! There actual position is near Chuschier (middle of isle Olchon). They are really fast with approximately 21 km per day. The landscape becomes more snowy now with heights about 50cm. The calculated arrival will be in 3 weeks.

02/19/03 02.00 p.m. (Berlin time)
Stephan and Stefan called again. They are 135 km north of Kultuk in the middle between Kultuk and Olchon. Everthing is fine.

02/12/03 12.20 p.m. (Berlin time)
Stephan Reichelt called via satellite phone after trying to set up a call for 24 hours. Both are fine. Their actual position is about 30km north of Kultuk. The weather is clear and sunny with temperatures between -15°C to -20°C. The reception in Irkutsk through the russians was very friendly and the few contacts to locals on their way were also nice so far. Stephan and Stefan try to make a daily distance of 15km on average.

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