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Who We Are • Mikhail Pastukhov

Name Mikhail Pastukhov
Born: 1966
Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Occupation: WW instructor, river guide, photographer and cameraman
Experience: Whitewater kayaking since 1978
Preferable: Expedition kayaking, WW rodeo, WW slalom
Website: http://kayakextrem.ru
Email: click here

The Bio

Born in Moscow, the capital of Russia, I got my first river experience from traveling with my father in Karelia in the north of Russia. It happened to be a really remarkable experience that remained in my memory.

Few years later while graduating in Moscow Power Engineering Institute (1983-89), I joined famous Moscow whitewater and slalom club - "The Open Wind" - and the sport career began.

In 1990 I’ve won the USSR Whitewater Championship held on the Varzob River in Pamirs Mountains of Tajikistan. From 1986 till late 1990-s I participated in virtually all whitewater competitions in the USSR and then Russia, and many times I came first.

Once Soviet’s "Iron Curtain" crashed in early 1990-s I spent a lot of time traveling and going to whitewater expeditions all around the globe.

Rivers and Expeditions

  • Uda expedition, Sayan / Siberia, 1987.
  • Kudara, Gunt and Yazgulem expeditions, Pamirs / Tajikistan, 1989-90.
  • Costa-Rica (1991), Switzerland (1992), Czech Republic (1993, Austria / Italy (1994).
  • Nepal Expeditions, 1995, 1996, 1997.
  • Upper Arun Gorges Expedition, Nepal, 1996.
  • Corsica Expedition, 1999.
  • Upper Hara-Murin expedition (1st descent), Sayan / Siberia, 2001.
  • "Russian Extreme" TV sponsored expedition to Dominican Republic, 2001.
  • "Russian Extreme" TV sponsored expedition to Laos (Mekong River), 2002.
  • Across Tien-Shan expedition, Kyrgyzstan (several 1st descents), 2003. Article printed in "Vertical World" Russian outdoor magazine.
  • Across Pamirs expedition, Tajikistan, 2004.
  • And many other rivers in Central Asia, Caucasus, Himalaya, South Asia, Scandinavia & Alps.

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