Polish canoeists conquer Siberia
PR dla Zagranicy
Three Polish canoeists conquered the longest river in Siberia, covering about 3500 km of the wild Russian region.
In an exclusive interview with Polish Radio on Monday, the adventurers described the odyssey along the River Lena, the eleventh longest river in the world.
Darek Dudzik said that the experience was exciting, interesting, pleasant, but also frightening.
"Why frightening? Because when we were lying in our tent at night, stories about bears came to mind," he recalled.
"When we heard sounds out the blue, we were convinced that they were bears."
Kasia Kosarzycka said that the biggest surprise was how shallow the river was in some parts.
"All of a sudden, the water level in in the middle of the river water was just up to our ankles, and we had to get out and carry the canoe."
What's more, in some places the river's width grew to as much as 20 km. However, Kozarzycka said that canoeists don't register this vastness, as the river has so many islands.
Darek Dudzik, Kasia Kosarzycka and Piotr Rozek were supposed to end their epic journey in the city of Yakutsk, but encouraged by the friendliness of the locals and the sensational scenery, they ended up paddling further than initially planned, clocking up about 3500 km. (nh)