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The Oriental Caravan's 

Postcard from Siberia...


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Ak Kem Lake and Mount Belucha

Camp at Oroktoy Brook

December 2004

The following are a selection of photos taken on The Oriental Caravan's summer trek 
through the Siberian Altai...



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Revolutionary posters, Barnaul Museum

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Phil before the descent into Tekkelu Valley

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Final night's camp by Kucherla River

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Evening entertainment

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Approaching Yarlu Valley


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Ruth and Phil 

Traversing an Altai hillside

Alex descending from Sarybel pass

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Boletus granulatus?

Wendy looks out toward Mt. Belucha

Siberian moths spend their final hours congregated around a chalet door

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Inspecting an ancient 'Baba' stone, evidence of earlier Turkic/Mongol influence

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These valleys are home to elk, bear and wolf

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Horse caravan descending Karatyurek pass

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Campfire cooking

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Ruth measuring some time

Crossing Ak Kem Lake

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Jen greets the morning

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Phil plays Jethro Tull's 'Dun Ringell'

Noted mycologist Norbert hard at work with his trusty field guide

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Unknown yellow-pored bolete

Walking near Oroktoy brook

Horse mushrooms (agaricus arvensis) picked form near the banks of the Kucherla River

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Descending toward the Tukhman lakes

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Campsite near Oroktoy Brook

Fine specimen of a Cep or Penny Bun mushroom  
(boletus edulis)

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Barnaul's Rock and Roll Café

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A Passer-by in Barnaul uses his umbrella to shelter a Hare Krishna accordionist

Fly agaric (amanita muscaria) - an important mushroom in man's cultural development and quite possibly the soma of the Rig Veda 

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Our horseman 

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Marsha prepares a mushroom feast

A medley of boletes

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Deep in the forest

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Norbert reflects upon boiling  water

Marsha tends the fire

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Ruth with a large unidentified fungi

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Unidentified bracket fungi

Norbert sits atop a Cep (boletus edulis)

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Lunch stop on Karatyurek Pass (3060m)

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Goat camp


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'Temple' at the head of Yarlu Valley with connections to the mystic Roerich and self-appointed guru Rikla

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Unidentified tree fungi

Ruth and Marsha in the Valley of the Seven Lakes

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Rikla disciples based in the Yarlu valley show a photo of their fire-producing guru

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Ruth en route to Karatyurek Pass

Kucherla River

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Casino bar of the Hotel Tsentralnya, Barnaul

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Helen, our guide in Barnaul, points out the city sights  

The amazing Boris

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We hope you enjoyed the photos!

With best wishes from Phil

and all aboard The Oriental Caravan 

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TOC's first intrepid group of Caravaneers embellishing a Soviet era statue

In the Valley of the Seven Lakes

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Ak Kem Lake

A Siberian birthday!


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