0 Traveler from Voronezh Has Been Waiting for Meeting Labynkyr Devil for more than 100 Days

Traveler from Voronezh Has Been Waiting for Meeting Labynkyr Devil for more than 100 Days

Posted on November 5, 2016 by marina

Traveler, adventurer and instructor in survival Andrey Solovyev from Voronezh has been living for more than 100 days on the shores of Lake Labynkyr in Yakutia hoping to see Labynkyr Devil. 32-year-old man went to the Lake on foot, he did not take anything that he could need for wintering. He lives in a small wooden house, near he made a dugout to store his little stockpile of food. 31 October, a journalist visited Andrey and asked him a few questions.

Andrey Solovyev:

I decided to spend the winter on Labynkyr Lake for several reasons. Firstly, the Labynkyr phenomenon: the lake is very unusual. I am interested in the legend about Labynkyr Devil that was seen by many people. Secondly, I would like to test my survival skills because I’m an instructor of tourism and survival. I would like to gain new experience in a harsh climate of Yakutia, gain knowledge, check myself, whether I can do it or not.

In Voronezh, I went camping very often. Now I lead groups in backpacking. I travel a lot. I researched almost all mountain ranges in Russia: the Caucasus, the Urals, Altai, Putorana plateau, Yenisei Ridge, the Eastern Sayan, the Academician Obruchev Ridge. I’ve already researched a great part of the mountain system of Russia.

How did your relatives react to your plan?

Andrey Solovyev:
They got used to my crazy plans.

Did you warn your relatives that you were going to the northern lake, where there were no people within a radius of 150 kilometers? And what did they say? “Okay, go”?

Yes, it was so, it’s not my first experiment on survival. I’ve already went hiking for so long, for several months. So they got used to.

What’s the most difficult thing in your experiment?

The most difficult thing is psychological factor. No physical exertion, not chopping wood, not fishing, not lack of food, and not even loneliness. Sensory deprivation, if I may say so, a limited range of emotions, no new impressions, everything is the same every day. This is the most difficult, if talk about overcoming yourself.

What is your typical day?
I wake up at six in the morning. When it was not so cold, I swam in the lake or spilled water over myself from a bucket. Now I wipe myself with snow – it’s about seven in the morning, an hour before dawn. Then I eat breakfast and go to chop wood. Before lunch, I check my net to see, whether the fish was caught. Then I make rounds around the Lake, sometimes I climb into the mountains trying to add some variety to the daily routine. I walk around the local surroundings, I go five or seven kilometers, not so far.

Do you have any hobbies? Perhaps you’re writing a book there?

Yes, of course! I’m writing a book, recording the temperature every day. Before that I was fixing the water level in the Lake. I write and record everything that happens, all that I see.

Are you ready for winter? What have you prepared?
I have prepared berries, herbs, infusions. During winter, I’ll fish in an ice hole.


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