In the early days of the New Year fourth-year student of the Institute of Aircraft machine engineering and Transport at Irkutsk Technical University, deputy chairman of the section of mountain tourism of the University Dar’ya Korcheva made a five-day ski trip to the valley of river Solzan. A group of tourists, which included Dar’ya, rose on the left side of the river from Baikalsk to Khamar-Daban on January 2-7. According to the student, the valley of the river Solzan in the downstream is well-known among tourists, but a section of mountain tourism at ISTU has not yet mountaineered to Khamar-Daban. The main aim of the campaign was to study the route with more experienced tourists.
"Hike was on forest skis, which is much wider than cross-country ones. On the first day we walked along the paved track, which was heavily covered with snow and barely guessed,” said D. Korcheva. “Continue path was run independently. It is hard to go to only the first person who tracks; for the rest this campaign is not very complicated. We made part of the way on the ice of the river, and in those places where it is not yet frozen, we bypassed along the shore. I hope that when mountaineering section at ISTU will lead its first groups on this route in February, the river will be already fully frozen to climb up, without turning off the channel. As we approached Khamar-Daban, there was a heavy snow and we could not see those landscapes that were promised. So this trip should be made again."
D. Korcheva also said that on Christmas Eve, when the group has completed its path, they were caught up with Father Frost, the image of whom was presented by famous tourist in Irkutsk, designer and photographer Nikolay Moskvitin: "Nikolay went all the way in our group. On the last day he was behind a little bit, and when we stopped to wait for him, we have seen Father Frost, who was rapidly swept skiing. Nobody expected such a surprise. It was very unusual and it was a real New Year's fun."
D. Korcheva is engaged in mountain hiking for four years, including three years of skis’ practice. Love for this kind of active rest was filled with the first campaign. Tourist notes that mountaineering is rather expensive for nonresident students. We need special equipment, which requires the partial update almost every year. However, all costs are compensated, since there is no other way to personally experience the beauty, discovered in each campaign. Impressions of these picturesque landscapes cost more than money and efforts and remain with each traveler for life.