Archive | August, 2010

Vladimir Ryzhkov on Altai

I haven’t had the resources to write much in recent weeks, so I thought I’d share one of Vladimir Ryzhkov’s recent commentaries¬†on Altai. Here he writes of life in the Chulyshman Valley – one of the places I had really been hoping to visit in my July trip, but was unable to get there because […]

Camera-trapping along the Argut River

Sergei Spitsyn, a long-time partner and ranger at Altaisky Strict Nature Reserve, just returned from an expedition along the lower and middle Argut River. With the participation of two residents from the nearby village of Inegen, he had set camera traps in likely locations to learn more about what animals still inhabit the area. The […]

Last day on the Lake

The morning started off overcast, but settled on partly sunny during breakfast. Seven of us set out from Yailyu for a 6 kilometer hike to the top of the nearest ridge. We were accompanied by two rangers, one armed with a rifle to protect us from bears. Yailyu villages and zapovednik staff have a complicated […]