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What is our aim?

This is a small independent expedition to Siberia, Russia, in March 2018. The team will aim to complete a full crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal, which is the largest volume and deepest freshwater lake in the world. This will be a serious undertaking in the frigid and remote Siberian wilderness, covering 700 km over 25-30 days.

We’ll travel from South to North, with 22% of the world’s freshwater beneath our feet, following a route approximate to that shown below.

Who is supporting us?

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


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

oXcICJf2_400x400I’m pleased to support Ash, Ben and David 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 

Who are the team?

Our team is a motley crew of 20-30 somethings from the UK.

Ash Routen (31, team leader) – Hillwalker and academic (
Ben Lumley (36) – Runner and professional photographer (
David Gainor (28) – Climber and alpinist

Where can I find out more?

Watch this space for news, and in the meantime check out this video to see how amazing Lake Baikal looks in winter. For more information or PR enquiries contact Ash here.