In the first half of March three snow kiters plan to travel by kite across the top of the Kola Peninsula, one of Russia’s most picturesque regions. The kiters will start the trip in the village Tumanny (Murmansk region) and then sail east through almost 350 km of the Kola Peninsula’s boundless expanses, arriving at the coast of the Barents Sea. During the expedition they will cross numerous canyons, lakes and beautiful plateaus. The end of this reach will be at the mouth of the Danilovka river where the White Sea meets the Barents Sea. Then, they will return along the same route. Depending on wind and snow conditions, the round-trip is expected to take between seven to ten days, and cover a total distance of 700 km (over 400 mi).
Kiting from Barents Sea to Ural Mountains
It turns out, the Kola Peninsula trip is but a warm up for a much longer 900 km (540 mi) trip in the first half of April. After being shuttled from Mezen through the forest to the village Nes’, the team of three will harness the wind as they ride across snow through the Kanin Tundra, past Timan Ridge and through the Malozemeskaya Tundra to Naryan-Mar. That is the first third of the expedition. Then they plan to cross the Bolshezemelskaya Tundra to Vorkuta near the sub-polar Ural mountains.
The Arctic cold will be magnified by the wind that powers the kites, adding an extra element of survival to an inherently dangerous sport, where “kitemares” can happen in an instant and no one will rescue them in the barren tundra of northern Russia.
Snow kite team members:
- Konstantin Epishin
Head of SkyStream, paragliding club
- Dmitry Botov
Master of Sport, Mountaineering
- Nikita Semyonov
Master of Sport Candidate for mountaineering and rock-climbing
To prepare for these kiting expeditions the kiters trained by sailing with kites from the village Voznesenye through Onega Lake to Medvezhyegorsk in the Republic of Karelia.
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Red Fox is an equipment sponsor of the kite trips to the Extreme North.
Map showing progress of the trip here.
Profile of team members