Running Lake Baikal: Ice Rubble Strikes Again

Mar 9, 2010
Outside Magazine

We're still moving along, but slower than planned. We've averaged less than our target of 60 to 65 kilometers a day because we've had to walk, instead of run, through blocks of ice heaved upon Lake Baikal's surface. There are stretches when we can run relatively clear and free, but it's just not possible around ice piles because we'd break our sleds if we tried. We're keeping it steady, though, and taking in the gorgeous view.

--Kevin Vallely and Ray Zahab

In March 2010, Kevin Vallely and Ray Zahab will embark on the i2P Siberian Express for Water Expedition. They will run 65 to 70 kilometers per day across the frozen surface of Lake Baikal,which is 636 kilometers long--carrying all the food and gear for theentire trip. They'd like to finish in 10 to 12 days, which would be aworld record, according to Vallely. Why go through such trouble? Toraise awareness and funding for clean drinking water projects aroundthe world and inspire students through the i2P experiential learning program. This is the eighth in a series of their dispatches forOutside Online.


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