A group of skiers visited the northern Urals in Russia, north of the Arctic Circle, to explore peaks that had never been skied. “It actually takes a 40-hour train ride and another six-hour sled adventure at -20°C to get there,” they said. “We lived in an old train carriage that had been taken off the tracks in the middle of nowhere.
“Most of the mountains in that part of Russia have never seen skiers before. It was not only the incredible landscape, best described as the arctic desert, but also the welcoming people we met in this cold and remote place that made this journey so unique.
“Druschba means friendship and was frequently used during our time in the mountains with six foreign Russian sled drivers.” The skiers include Felix Wiemers, Max Kroneck and Neil Williman.