Lake Baikal in Siberia is the deepest lake in the world. With a depth of over 1 mile and a length of 800km, it contains 20% of the world’s fresh water. During the winter months the surface of the lake freezes over, leaving 800km of treacherously thin ice. One crack or wrong move and you could suffer a very cold descent to the depths of this frozen abyss.
One Mile Down: Siberian Scramble follows the dreams of two Irishmen – motorbike adventure enthusiast Declan McEvoy and one-eyed thrill seeker Gary O’Keeffe – as they put together an international team who in February 2020, drove for 7 days across the ice of Lake Baikal in the middle of a minus 40-degree Siberian winter and set two Guinness World Records: The Longest Motorcycle Journey on Ice and The Longest 4×4 Journey on Ice.
Over these seven days the team experiences severe cold, they laugh, cry and endure one of the most challenging adventures in their lives. They also visit some of the most isolated and remote villages in Siberia, while meeting amazing people along the way. For instance, they live with the local Buryat communities and experience the harsh and untamed severity of a Siberian winter.
Ultimately, after several setbacks and despite some growing discontent, the team must rely on their strong friendship and willpower to navigate across the treacherous ice and make it to the top of the massive Lake Baikal.
This film is the story of two determined Irishmen realising their mutual dream, born out of curiosity and fuelled by a passion for discovering the people and places in this vast world.
One Mile Down: Siberian Scramble is not only about an extreme motorbike expedition but how a common passion for life and adventure can bring together a team of people from all corners of the planet and how this disparate group pulled off a crazy but ultimately beautiful feat of derring-do in the most severe terrain on the planet.