Yesterday, three friends and I attempted to walk up the mountain to the East of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk called Chekov’s Peak, which is the second highest peak in the vicinity of the town, and the highest which can be seen from the town centre. At 1,050m (3,450ft) it isn’t exactly the Kanchenjunga, but walking up from the town at sea level takes about 3-4 hours and is pretty hard going, especially if you are unused to such exertions.
Below are some pictures from the day.
The expedition team.
View from halfway up.
The route ahead.
Somebody pinched my legs halfway up, which made the going rather difficult from thereon. Snowshoes would have been a good idea.
Clouds began to roll in as we climbed higher.
View of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk from the top of Chekov’s Peak.
Looking north-east, at menacing black clouds coming in. It started snowing shortly afterwards.
Three hours and some snowfall later, and we were back down in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. It was damned cold at the top, mainly caused by a strong wind which was striking the higher slopes, and I was less than pleased to discover my unbreakable thermos flask had broken and no longer kept the contents warm. I think I’ll need a new one before I climb up here again.