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Camping in Chukotka, Russian Style

Posted on April 8, 2016 by tim


What is Chukotka? It is sort of Russian Alaska – separated from American one by a Bering Straight. Indigenious people of Chukotka don’t need visas to travel to Alaska and have had close ties in past. It’s like Alaska, very snowy very cold land. However locals like to go camping here too. How? Thanks to Mr. Basov, a blogger from Chukotka we can now discover a Russian way to go camping in the middle of frozen nowhere. Take a look:

First thing you would need is a tracked vehicle to reach out there wherever no roads lead. It can be a regular tractor or some sort of popular here tracked expedition vehicles.

Something like this.

Then you need it to tow a “Balok” – this is a name for a sledge-based small house that can be towed by your tractor. I.e. camping house with local attitude.

Basov says he saw plenty of “Baloks” in Chukotka. Locals make it different forms and shapes. This particular one was made out of 40 feet shipping container.

Because there are now firewood around you gotta be taking care about your fuel in advance. See those white sacks – they are full of coal to not let you get cold out of nowhere.

Then you have to find a good place to put your “balok”.

It should be near water (to enjoy fishing). It should be on some sort of small hill in order not to be blown by excess of snow or if snow starts melting (like now in spring) it shouldn’t sink your balok.

Here is all set up for a nice camping trip.

Nice view, isn’t it?

And here are the windows to enjoy the view.

Inside you can relax and take all that heavy cloths.  Also Basov says even campers like to renovate their temporary houses.

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2 Responses to “Camping in Chukotka, Russian Style”

  1. john dudley says:

    Very cool, literally,

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