The Expedition "Yakutia"
expedition of Gerhard Hampel and Viktor Simonov was successfully
completed on April 2, 2003 in Yakutsk. In a month the team
on two dog sleds had covered more than 1800 km along the route
Tiksy – Verkhoyansk – Yakutsk.
After the start at the coast of the Arctic
ocean on April 1, 2003 the team on two dog sleds crossed several
climatic and geographical zones: polar tundra, Siberian mountains,
taiga of the Central Yakutiya. The explorers made a crossing
over the Verkhoyansky ridge and passed via one of the coldest
areas on the Earth. A part of the route followed over the
ice of the great Siberian Rivers Yana and Lena.
The explorers had the objectives to get
acquainted with the nature of the East Siberia, a mode of
life of local citizens, culture traditions, to facilitate
a rebirth of the forgotten ancient skills of travelling on
dog sleds in Siberia and Yakutia. Gerhard Hampel and Viktor
Simonov visited several national Yukut settlements Naiba,
Ust-Kuiga, Batagai, Suordakh, Sebyan-Kuel, Batamai, where
they actually saw the customs and traditions of local citizens.
Hampel, 54, citizen of Germany. Professor, Doctor of Medicine.
The author and the leader of the project. Since 1993 Gerhard
Hampel has organized many dog sled expeditions: along the
eastern coast of the Baffin Land, Canada (1997), Swedish Lapland
(1998-2001); the expedition over the Canadian North-West Territories
Simonov, 37, citizen of Karelia. Russia. Deputy Dean of
the Ecological Department of the State Pedagogical University
of Karelia. Experienced ski traveler, the leader of numerous
outdoor tours and expeditions. In the Adventure Club he acts
as a deputy director of the Youth Ecological Camp Great Adventure.
The Expedition is carried out under support:
- Royal Canin Russia Company;
- The Yakutiya Airlines.