Kamchatka, 2003

We flew 4 hours southwest from Anchorage over the Bering Sea to the Kamchatka Peninsula of Siberia in the far Eastern part of Russia. Kamchatka is a beautiful and remote land of tundra and volcanoes. We spent about 2 weeks there in July and August, 2003 exploring the area, looking for bears, marmots, and ground squirrels. We visited the Central Group where the highest volcanoes top out at around 15,000 feet. While we didn't climb the tallest volcanoes, Kamen & Klyuchevskay, we did climb Bezymyanny and Zimina to just under 10,000 feet. Klyuchevskay and Bezymyanny were active during our visit, causing rocks to tumble and ash to fall from the sky.

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Central Group
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Welcome to Kamchatka!
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Fort at Milkovo
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Tiger Lily
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Road to Camp 1
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First camp
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Tolbachik
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Kamen & Klyuchevskay
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Tolbachik
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Lunch stop
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Kamen & Klyuchevskay
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1st bear sighting
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Studenaya River Crossing
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Studenaya River Crossing
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2nd bear sighting
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Ground squirrels
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Ovalnaya Zimina
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Morning hike
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Up to Zimina
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View to Bezymyanny
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Saxifrage
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Galena, Valentine, Peggy
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Zimina snow field
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3rd bear sighting
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Bezymyanny burp
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Zimina & Tolbachik
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Bezymyanny central cone
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Bezymyanny crater rim
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Inside Bezymyanny
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Plotina Base Camp
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Plotina Camp kitchen
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Plotina Base Camp
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Basalt tubes
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Central Group
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Bolshaya Udina
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Near Tolud Pass
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Bear tracks!
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Siesta...
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Inside Tolud Hut
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Tolbachik
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Crossing lava beds
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Poppies & hare bells
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Trek's End!
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Our great staff!
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Live volcano
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Lava cone
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Lunochodchikov Base
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Last photos
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Group photo
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Goodbye Kamchatka!








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