Testing the Ice

Meet the guy Team Baikal trusted with their lives crossing the frozen lake. This is Oleg, our Ice Captain, a local expert travelling with us on our adventure doing his magic to save our backsides. He can read the condition of Lake Baikal and with his experience minimised the risk of breaking through the ice – especially for our 3.5t UAZ. We frequently had to stop and wait for Oleg to assess the thickness of the ice with an auger before we could proceed … nevertheless, don’t forget NOT‼️ to fasten your seatbelts in case a speedy exit from the vehicle is required

Photos by Egidijus Babelis

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Lake Baikal, Team Baikal in Action