Artboard 1Our aim

This is a small independent expedition to Siberia, Russia, in March 2018. The team will aim to complete a crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal, which is the oldest, largest volume and deepest (up to 1.6km!) freshwater lake in the world.

This will be a serious undertaking in the frigid and remote Siberian wilderness, covering 550 km over 20-22 days. We’ll be walking 17 miles per day.

We’ll travel from South to North, with 22% of the world’s freshwater beneath our feet.


Route across Baikal (reoriented 90 degrees)

Our supporters

For clothing, equipment and nutritional support we are being supported by these excellent companies. Click on the images to find out more about them.

Expedition Patron – Geoff Somers MBE 
Veteran Polar Explorer and Polar Medal Recipient

oXcICJf2_400x400I’m pleased to support Ash and Phil on this expedition to cross Lake Baikal. The area is remote and challenging, and small independent trips such as this are important to raise the aspirations of young people today, and keep alive a sense of adventure 


The team

We’re a two man team (Ash Routen, 31 and Phil Sturgeon, 50). Phil and I previously completed a crossing of the Finnmark plateau, Norway, in February 2016.


Where can I find out more?

You can follow our planning and training progress on my blog or on Twitter using #Baikal18. In the meantime have a listen to my interview with BBC radio Leicester. For more information or PR enquiries contact me here.