What is Sailing Backcountry (BC)?
Obvious that sailing means voyaging by means of sails. Backcountry is hiking up in the places not accessible to public access with the aim of descents by skis or snowboards. Sailing BC is an explosive combination of these two splendid activities.
The ship is a sailing catamaran KOSATKA.
It is a brand new vessel, constructed in 2013. Catamaran accommodates comfortably 12 people as well as the crew. There are four double and twin cabins and two triple cabins (each of them is furnished with hangers, shelves and drawers). The ship has all necessary facilities – shower-rooms, toilets, a spacious saloon and a modern galley, a huge monitor for watching awesome video and pics of our voyages.
A special box on top of the deck-cabin is designed for keeping the kayaks. There are loudspeakers everywhere on board to throw parties even afloat.
The ship’s cook is travelling along and pleases us with the tastiest meals.
To pass a free time we have board games, books and magazines in our multi-functional saloon.
An experienced crew manages the catamaran under the leadership of the captain. On board captain’s word is a law.
How does it work?
Catamaran is moored in the port, in the very center of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy. First of all, all members of the cruise are instructed in using the ship’s equipment and rules of behavior on board.
KOSATKA puts out to sea and heads to the first spot of the program. As a rule, tourists disembark for ascending or freeride in the deep enclosed bays – fjords, where the water is calm and the breakers are smooth. Motor boat takes us to the shore (3-5 people at a time depending on the rider’s size and amount of their gear).
Group waits until every rider is on the shore. Experienced guides from kamchatka freeride community are in charge of ascending and riding. First and foremost, they remind tourists rules of behavior in the mountains and explain some peculiarities. Tourists are often divided into two or more groups – ski-tourists and hikers. Skiers with ski-touring sets as well as snowboarders with their split boards take a different track than hikers. Then we go up to take a breath-taking descend.
In May and beginning of June riders can descend to the very water edge. If the group members are not tired, more rides are possible. To vary the program we sail to different spots with different landscapes. A special attention is paid to the safety during riding. Guides monitor unfailingly the environment and take into consideration all the factors that might provoke avalanches. Both ascends and descends are safe and reliable. Each rider must have a set of avalanche safety gear – transceiver, probe and shovel (on advance request we might rent the equipment).
It is possible to avoid the exhausting ascends and opt for building ramps by the water. Freestyle lovers will get amazing pics of their stunts with mountains and ocean in the background. Actually you might do whatever you want – sunbathe on the beach or on deck, swim, relax by the fire, sing, dance, do yoga, etc.
One more activity we provide is sea kayaking. On board we have a full set of kayaking equipment (kayaks, paddles, spray skirts, life jackets and helmets).
We will teach everyone to kayak in quiet and safe conditions. Our experience shows that this activity won’t leave you indifferent. Sailing BC is one best programs we have ever designed and we guarantee that it might turn into a travel of your lifetime.
What clothes and equipment should I take for the travel?
• Snowboard/skies, poles, ski skins, glidewax for base (we highly recommend you to wax your skis or snowboards before the trip);
• Avalanche safety gear and equipment (transceiver, beacon, probe, shovel). Ask us to provide you a set in advance if you don’t have your personal one;
• Comfortable and supportive backpack up to 40 liters of volume (with );
• Padding and protection (helmets, wrist guards, pads, back protectors);
• Snow-shoes (possible to rent here);
• Hiking boots or sneakers;
• Plastic slippers;
• At least three pairs of hiking and cotton socks;
• Shell jackets and pants (water and wind proof);
• Fleece wear;
• At least two T-shirts and two pairs of shorts;
• Two sets of a base layer (warm and light);
• Hats, caps, headbands, etc.;
• Balaclavas, buffs or bandanas;
• Gloves (better to have two pairs);
• Sun glasses and sunscreen;
• Snow goggles;
• Headlamp or flashlight;
• Multi tool penknife;
• Thermos or vacuum flask (1 liter);
• Personal hygiene products;
• Personal first-aid kit;
• Personal repair kit (screwdriver, tweezers, scissors, thread and needle, pliers).
Where are we going to sleep?
• Guests are accommodated on the sailing catamaran. There are three well-appointed double-berth cabins and two three-berth cabins with closets and shelves (general capacity – 12 people). Each hull is supplied with facilities (toilet and showers). The third shower-room is located at the stern of the watercraft.
• There are two heads (ship’s toilets) on board. Two boilers heat the water. During the cruise every member of the team should save fresh water, so it is preferable take a shower once in two days. It is important to be practical about hot water, so that your teammates could enjoy the benefits of a hot shower.
What are we going to eat?
During scheduled cruises and day tours we provide our tourists with three meals a day (full board). In case of chartering the catamaran, food is not included in the cost. We serve traditional Russian dishes:
• For breakfast – sandwiches and toasts, cornflakes, porridge, yoghurt, fruits, tea and coffee;
• For lunch – soups, salads, meat or fish dishes ore snacks on the route;
• For dinner – meat or fish dishes with various garnishes, vegetables, dessert, tea and coffee.
Standard menu will be varied with the seafood dishes and fresh red and white fish.
The following things are better to leave at home:
• Your home library and thoughts about work;
• Clothes that you are not going to wear or that is not functional;
• Umbrellas, better raincoats;
• For ladies – hair curles, jewelry, high-heeled shoes.
Am I going to feel seasick?
During long voyages due to the stable design, catamaran acts confidently and effectively. Passengers enjoy the safe and delightful travel and rarely feel seasick because of the softer rolling (in comparison with single-hull boats).
However, to avoid uncomfortable situations, it is better to have a supply of medications for motion sickness, special plasters, for example.
Will we have a mobile connection during the cruise?
Mobile connection operates only near such populated areas as Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Severo-Kurilsk, Nikolskoye settlement. We have a satellite phone IRIDIUM that tourists can always use in case of emergency.
Is it possible to charge the electronic devices during the voyage?
Sure. On board we have several sockets (220V and 12V) as well as USB outlets in every cabin. It would a good idea to take charging units with DC plugs.
Is there a first-aid kit on board?
We definitely have all necessary medicaments; besides, our crew is able to provide first aid prior to professional medical help. However, please, make sure you have your personal kit.
Is the voyage safe?
Travelling by a sailing catamaran, sea kayaks or cross-country trekking belong to eco and extreme kinds of tourism and might be hazardous for any participant of the cruise. The combination of such health risk factors as waves, strong winds, low temperatures, proximity to steep rocks and cliffs, rapid change of weather conditions, and a possibility to encounter wild animals demands from each tourist to be careful, attentive and responsible. Participants of the voyage must respect and help each other.
Each traveler must be aware of the mentioned and other health risk factors and make a decision about the cruise consciously and voluntarily. Travelers must be responsible for their actions, or for their inactivity.
“Kamride” company makes every effort to avoid or reduce any of the health risks mentioned above, but it is not responsible for the damage caused to the participants in case of realization of them.
To keep of uncomfortable or dangerous situations, participants of the voyage must follow safety rules.