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1. Posted by drj7126 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

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A good buddy of mine and I have been wanting to plan a very hardcore hiking trip. He had heard somewhere that during a certain time of the year the Bering Strait completely freezes and you could make the trip by foot/sled across to russia. Is this true? Is there an orginization to talk to about it? What will we need? etc.

Thanks Joel

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

The crossing has been completed at least once:
http://www.shparo.com/Bering/bering_main.htm

It doesn't look like the sort of thing you could do casually though does it?

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 11y

Quoting magykal1

The crossing has been completed at least once:
http://www.shparo.com/Bering/bering_main.htm

It doesn't look like the sort of thing you could do casually though does it?

Thanks for posting the link. A very grueling adventure, not for fair weather travellers(me)!

4. Posted by drj7126 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Yeah, I never expected it to be a cakewalk. It's one of those once in a lifetime things. Like climbing everest. I haven't ever done that...and this is much much closer.

btw other than the west coast trail up the coast of B.C. you know of any great hiking spots in Northwestern U.S. or Canada

Thanks for the info

5. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 11y

There's a website for people wanting to know about Alaska and the Russian Far East, which includes a link for getting a Russian visa--it can be found at:

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/trade/2003/tad/russia/russia.htm#

P.S. There was a regularly scheduled airline operating across the Bering Sea (Reeve Aleutian) in the year 2000, but two factors led to it's demise:
(1) lack of tourists wanting to make the trip, and
(2) lack of economic development in far eastern Siberian Alaska--which resulted in one of the major cities there going from 8,000 residents to only 1,000 residents in a 10-year period.

Enjoy.