Artboard 1Our aim

This is a small independent expedition to Siberia, Russia, between 24th February to 25th 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. It contains 22% of the world’s freshwater.

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

Our intention is to travel from Listvyanka in the South to Severobaikalsk in the North.

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.


How can I track you?

We’ll be taking a variety of gadgets with us including a satellite phone and a GPS locator beacon (SPOT). You’ll be able to follow our GPS tracks live from the 27th February here via

Where can I find out more?

You can follow our planning and training progress on my blog or on Twitter using #Baikal18. You can also read some of the media coverage here.