When Emotions Take Your Breath Away More Than The Frost

Beringia, the traditional Kamchatka dog-rig race. Dog drivers for kayurs - xxxx. The Severnye Prostory Magazine. Since then, Beringia has been more than just sport. It is the restoration of national traditions. It has been brought in by kayurs. It is also a festival for the residents of Kamchatka villages. It is a question of the participants of the Kamchatka event.

When Emotions Take Your Breath Away More Than The Frost
- You have participated in Beringia twice already. Did you manage the distance both times? What has changed since your first attempt?
- In 2014, I came as a journalist accompanied by a filming crew. We were making a report on the Gubernia Channel. Then we reached the distance, then this half of the year’s distance. We’ve been traveling along the Tilichiki. Now, the distance also partially passes through the eastern shore; while it was in Markovo, Chukotka.

- How many days?
- This is a time that we’ve been able to complete the race. I don't remember the time of the past three weeks. It is a blizzard due to foul weather. Heyou had to spend six days in the village of Kamenskoye, Penzhensky District. Over those six days, the weather was wild; It was difficult to move on. Naturally, the race promoters wouldn’t let us go in such rough weather.

- Could you tell us what it really was like? It is clear what the driver is. Can you take part in the race without being a kayur?
- The escort group includes several categories. It’s a road to peace of mind. They are given principal responsibility. There was a chance that he would not be able to travel. It has been shown that it has been shown that it has been shown in the article.

- Was it possible?
It’s a road to the track. We are carried here and there. This is where the equipment and various hardships keep from breaking.

- And who cooks?
- A chef with kitchen volunteers that assist him.

- Do they also go to the team?
- Naturally.

- So, you can become a part of Beringia.
- Yes. You can apply. It is another matter of application; try it out. You need a medical certificate. It’s not for tourists; trip to snowmobiles with splendid views. It is an extreme expedition where you can choose. It is very difficult both physically and psychologically.

–What is the daily routine during the race?
We’ve been on the road. Due to weather conditions. Say, we start at 8: 00. At 7: 00, all kayurs; by 8: 00. It has been taken for 2: 6. So, the cook gets up an hour before all that. People need hot water. So, large pots of water were boiled on an open fire. Everyone fills their thermos flasks; there must be a lot of hot water; everyone takes a snack. Bread must be cut. It turns out that a lot of cured pork fat during these trips. Something that gives energy, with high stores of it. Spent the daily mileage.

- Spartan: hot water, bread and bacon.
- Breakfast was substantial: porridge. We had a selection of food. The race had promoters, some of them were several boxes of lemons. We understand the vitamins. Then they keep them en route? In the end, we had to throw them away.

- Does each team cook for itself?
- No, cooking is centralized, a chef cooks for everyone. But the kayurs prepare the dog food independently.

- Do dogs eat fish?
- Dogs eat what their kayur considers necessary.

- So, it could be any food?
- Yes. The dog food is called "opana". What does it look like? When the kayur arrives at the finish line, it’s already prepared. They often carry the dishware used for cooking, usually their pockets, and more often they are put in the cargo sledge. Water is heated, then kayur adds whatever ingredients necessary: ​​each dog menu is developed individually. Some use fish, meat is fancier and more expensive. Everyone takes their financial situation into account. It is not a fish of any kind. They were outraged; they suffered and worried. Because they needed to help the dogs recover. When it had 100-kilometer runs, it was a matter of survival.

- Did you always spend nights in?
- No. This year, we spent five nights outdoors. We spent the tents that were very difficult to heat up. It is okay to sleep near the stove. I didn’t sleep

- before the kayurs?
- The teams have different schedules. For example, if you have scattered shoes, you can pick them up. When you leave.

- And the ones that lead the way. Do they lay down the track?
- Yes, using GPS, sometimes with the help of the locals. This is where you can go. The supervisors are equipped with GPS. Record your tracks At the end of the line-up He checked the GPS, the tracks had been set, the route had been completed. There was a case of double-back on themselves. We had portable radio sets; We couldn’t have to contact us.

- Are there doctors at Beringia?
- Medics move along a parallel route. We had two vets and one doctor for the racers. In most cases, the vets were the first to come to a settlement, to thaw out the drugs.

- Was it very cold?
- No. You get used to it. At first, it’s OK, so you’re OK.

- Did you smear yourself with fat, ointment?
- No, I never once frostbite on my face because I always covered it. I knew where I was going; it wasn't my first beringia. I had a balaklava with me.

- Tell us what you should wear.
- I was on a snowmobile (using dog rigs). You can’t get it, especially since it becomes a wind. This is a particular risk when you are moving along the shore. I had several jackets and several pairs of trousers. Naturally, thermal underwear There are three layers. But in fact some people wore four, or five, or twenty-five. I would like to go through the wind. You get covered with snow. It is best to have spare dry clothes. Once there’s been a blizzard on the road there. Those who have been very lucky.

- Were you one of those?
- No, but clubbed together together to help each other. So that we could be able to avoid the following day.

- Did you come across wild animals on the road?
- Yes. You see numerous footprints. I noticed a lot of foxes and birds.

- What about bears?
- Bears were still hibernating at the time. But we passed their heads. Sometimes I was scored to stop somewhere. You can understand that noisy animal. In Chukotka we were passing areas where there were wolf populations. They did not scare us though. Why should they? We had 200 dogs with us. They are not stupid as to attack.

- Are the racers armed?
- Naturally. We had rifles; each expedition member had a knife.

- How many dogs have to be in each rig?
- Up to 16.

- Are there any spare dogs?
- No, there are not.

- And can a dog be removed?
- It can. But if you take it out, it’s a record it. It is a race, a sporting event, according to rules.

- Have there been cases when one was removed?
- Of course, frequently, for health reasons. Sometimes the kayurs gave up. What can you do? It has been the rule of law. It is a severe violation.

- Beringia in any way?
- Naturally. He wanted to make a small concert. There are some small performances - dance, and musical instruments. It is a cultural exchange of sorts. Beringia has a major social importance. It was not a peace mission.

- Where did you come in the race?
- We traveled independently from the kayurs, we accompanied the race group as a whole. The snowmobiles were not divided into teams. He was a volunteer assistant who was assigned to kayurs. But it can not be afford.

- What do tourists get from in the race?
This is a unique event in the world. It is a demonstration of the willpower of the Russian people.

- Would you participate again?
- Yes.