Essey is a village in Evenkia behind the Arctic circle, a beautiful place with amazing nature around, a nice lake Essey full of fish and sunny summer that lasts only two months a year though. All remaining months last under the reign of the Snow Queen, so villagers need special vehicles for transportation. Ordinary cars can rarely be seen here, they are replaced by snowmobiles which sometimes form real traffic jams!
Another important means of transport in Essey is a helicopter. Life in the village fully depends on flying vehicles: they bring food, post and aid, they replace buses. Locals always look forward to meet another helicopter.
Blogger shok-darvina came to Essey with an environmental project “Evenki reindeer” and was surprised to see such an amazing unknown world. Everything seemed new, including the relations of the locals with their equipment. Since the very early years children learn to deal with tracked vehicles.
For them it feels like sitting in a home armchair.
Looking at these machines one may trace the entire history of snowmobile construction…
Snowmobile is like a member of a family, as a horse or a reindeer once was.
They are used as cargo vehicles, for example, for carrying logs.
And they help to bring water home.
Not to splash water on the way, they prefer to carry ice that can be melted at home.
Snowmobiles also bring post to the village.
Snowmobiles are used to go to a shop. The nose cone is demounted to prevent the vehicle from overheating when it’s “hot” outside (warmer than 15C).
Women drive as good as men, no matter what the latter say…
Snowmobiles may comfortably transport elderly people.
Yakuts of Essey, as indigenous people of the north, should obtain snowmobiles “Buran” from the state for free, but the number of those who need them is always higher than the amount of available snowmobiles. Foreign vehicles are bought at their own account.
The average service life of a snowmobile is 7-8 years, but here, being actively used, they serve 2-3 years only.
They know what advantages this or that snowmobile has, which one is better to buy and easier to maintain.
Any manufacturer of snowmobiles should send its engineers to Essey to modify their vehicles and make them more comfortable and reliable.
Local masters use their own modifications: replace engines with other ones from other brands, make their own parts, repair vehicles with improvised means…
If a vehicle breaks in a forest it is left here till spring…
They will probablycome back to get this nose cone later…
Other vehicles are more for experiments than for everyday use.
They have to use the second set of glass to withstand the cold.
If anyone needs medical aid or a surgery only a helicopter may help. It will bring the patient to Tura that is 600 km away from Essey (2 hours flight).
Everyone comes to meet another helicopter and find out what it has brought, who’s gonna leave and who has come…
Such sledges cost 500 USD being produced in Krasnoyarsk.
One of the favorite foods here are eggs, as they have no chickens here, helicopters bring many of them from the big land.
People heading to the airfield.
Alexey and his son Misha don’t wait for anyone to come, they are here to see something new, look at their neighbors.
They have got their loads and met relatives and friends, so they may return home now.
Thanks to shok-darvina for the pictures!