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.

Berlin to Rügen on foot

Two students of sports master nine-day march to the Baltic Sea

A quick dash to Rügen in the car in summer? Stefan Wackerhagen and Stephan Reichelt had a different idea. On the 15th February the two sports students from Potsdam set off from the district town of Oranienburg to Sassnitz on foot. As early as Saturday evening the two reached their goal after a nine day march. Christoph Zang, the initiator of the campaign, had given them ten days time and a budget of only € 50,- . In the meantime the Berliner shot a documentary on the hikers and wants to present it as his final degree-winning work as a camera man.

Now the two sport students can recover from the strenuous daily marches of 30 to 35 kilometres, partly across open country, from the damp nights under canvas and in barns, and from the blisters. And Zang has offered a hiker's reward of €250,-! Especially the last days of the tour were arduous. Snow and storms had to be conquered.

"We were up to our waist in snow in Rügen", Wackerhagen reported contently yesterday. Due to the great interest shown by the media Wackerhagen and Reichelt hope that with the support of a television station they will be able to get their next project off the ground. A production company and some sponsors have already joined in the support. In February 2003 they want to walk across Lake Baikal - 700 kilometres across the ice..

Oranienburger Generalanzeiger / Monday 25/02/2002