Gornii Vozdukh

A couple of weekends ago I woke up on the Saturday morning feeling very hungover following a night of heavy drinking with an English colleague and his Russian girlfriend.  Having tried all morning to get rid of the headache and numb feeling in my body, I decided a brisk hike up the mountain at the back of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk might do the trick.

The mountain’s Russian name is Gornii Vozdukh, which translates to Mountain Air, and is the site of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk’s only ski-slope (there are in fact several on the same mountain).  I took a picture of the main slope in the summer and posted it here.  Since then it has snowed quite a lot, although not enough for the slope to be open to skiers and snowboarders yet.  Anyway, I donned my Zamberlan walking boots, fastened on my gaiters, pulled on the rest of my hiking gear and set off straight up the side of the ski-slope.  It was pretty hard work I can tell you, and about halfway the snow was getting too loose and too deep, so instead I walked the rest of the way along the road (which will shortly become impassable to vehicles).  After an hour I had made it to the top, planted my Union Flag, shook hands with my sherpa, and claimed this peak for Britain.  I share with you here some photos I took on the hike (click on a picture for a bigger version).

Gornii Vozdukh, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Gornii Vozdukh, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Gornii Vozdukh, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Gornii Vozdukh, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk from Gornii Vozdukh

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk from Gornii Vozdukh

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk from Gornii Vozdukh

View from Gornii Vozdukh, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

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  2. larry barrow says:

    Tim,

    It looks so much like Montana. I wish I was with you. Get some crosscountry ski gear for you and your wife. Get out there where you can’t hear a sound except the wind and set up a camp for a weekend.

    Fantastic,
    Larry

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