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.

Home again

On the 32th day of our journey we arrived at the destination point in the north of lake baikal. In the last days of the tour the weather became better and the temperatures at night were relatively mild with -20° C to -25° C. The snowed up surface in the north did make it really hard to come along. But now it´s done! We are standing at the bank of severobaikalsk and we reached our goal in good shape and health. Now 33 hours of journey by train are waiting for us back to Irkutsk. Not so bad considering that the cabins will be warm and comfortable...

03/18/03 04.45 p.m. (berlin time)
After 5 1/2 weeks we put our feet on german ground. Finally at home. After the trip to Irkutsk by train we spent two days there to change our flight rerservations and get used to the civilization again. The parting from Siberia and his people wasn´t easy but we were looking forward to see our family and friends. This is the end of a long journey. It will not be the last one for us. And certainly not the last one to Russia... The "Lena" is a long river...but this will be another story...