Circling the Golden Mountains

The Altai Mountains lie in the heart of Asia, at the junction of steppe, desert, and taiga, and constitute one of the most pristine montane ecosystems on Earth. “Circling the Golden Mountains” is an attempt to circumnavigate the Altai by ski and bicycle and to tell the story of this region, its people and landscape, to as wide an audience as possible. Conservation across political frontiers is a world-wide concern, and here in the heart of Asia we find a vital laboratory. We intend to trace a 4,000-kilometer route through Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and Russia, and to carry skis on our bicycles and execute between two and three dedicated multi-day ski tours in each country, with peak ascents and roadside missions as spring advances. We hold an absolute dedication to a light, fast, and low-budget aesthetic, and unless we hold to this style throughout, the route will not be possible.

Our budget remains extremely tight. All help is deeply appreciated!

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Lowlands: Cycling the Kazakh Steppe

The road has no outlet. There is no bridge, and no ferry. The map is wrong, again. We are crushed, again. We followed the main road towards Ust-Kamenogorsk as our map had it, along the shores of the great reservoir of Bukhatarmskoye. But twenty-five kilometers… Read More