ICE MARATHON Clean Water Preservation Run

Ice Scouting in 2018

17 / 01 / 2018

Report # 1 of January 17, 2018

By January 04,2018 Lake Baikal  froze over in its northern part, but thickness of ice allowed only lightweight snowmobiles to ride on the frozen water surface not far from the shoreline.

In the middle of Lake Baikal, in the area of Maloye Morye (so-called Smaller Sea-   section of the lake enclosed by the western shore of Olkhon Island and western mainland bank of Lake Baikal), the ice formed on January 06, and grew  on January, 07, 2018 by 15 cm. Interesting to note, that the first week of the new year was marked by three earthquakes in Lake Baikal central depression ( Jan.01 – 3.1 on the Richter scale , Jan. 2 – 4 on the scale, followed by 3.4 on January 07). In spite of the earthquakes, one of which occurred near Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal froze over in the Maloye Morye, and the ice did not break down. However, one-meter wide crack appeared near Ogoy Island.

 As for the southern part of Lake Baikal , in the area of future BIM run course to be laid between the two opposite banks of the lake, the water of Baikal, first, froze over on January,13 ( see the photos below), but the wind from the Angara river ( the one which usually “meets”  the BIM finishers near the 30th km mark of the run course) broke down the fresh ice surface into huge  ice floes of 200 meter and more in diameter and scattered  them.  This time  the Angara wind blew strong breaking  down just formed ice and  then coiling the ice and snow in a unique aerial ‘tornado’ shaped, whirling masses, both near Listvyanka and opposite it, in Tanhoy  (possible BIM finish or start lines), as it is seen on a satellite photo below.

Today Lake Baikal surface refroze again. If the ‘verkhovik” higher wind or the Angara wind will not blow the next night, Lake Baikal can remain frozen over its entire area. The upcoming usual frosts on Epiphany celebration, expected in two days, will then facilitate growing of ice cover of the Great Baikal. If this happens, then by the end of next week we may be able to go on the first ice-scouting trip. However, as they say, man supposes and Baikal disposes.

         We will keep you all further informed about details associated with the preparation to 14th edition of Baikal Ice Marathon “For preservation of clean water”.

Ice surface of the Smaller Sea area of Lake Baikal. January 07,2018. Photo by Konstantin Mamadzhanov

View from ice grotto near Hoboy Cape ( Olkhon Isand).Jan.06 . Photo by Konstantin Mamadzhanov

Smaller Sea  near  Olkhon Isand, Jan.06 . Photo by Konstantin Mamadzhanov    

               Water run-ups frozen on the shoreline rocks. Jan. 07, 2018. Photo by Konstantin Mamadzhanov.

Freezing of Baikal in Kultuk (southernmost point), Jan.13. Photo by Nikolai Alekseev 

The outflow of the Angara from Lake Baikal (does not freeze over in winter). Listvyanka. January 17,2018


J     Jan.16.The Angara wind blew strong broking  down just formed ice , then coiling the ice and snow in a unique aerial ‘tornado’ shaped, whirling masses, near Listvyanka and opposite it –in Tanhoy  (possible BIM finish or start lines). 


Sponge and New Year fir tree on the bottom of Lake Baikal (5 m deep near Listvyanka)- we will make sure this decoration is  taken back from the bottom of Lake Baikal soon….