Born in St.Petersburg, I used to spend summer time in the Urals Mountains, where my grand-parents lived. Hiking all over the Urals and floating local rivers in a simple inflatable boat, I fell in love with these wonderful places and with the outdoors.
While graduating in the St.Petersburg University in late 1980-s, I discovered the joy of whitewater and never gave it up since then. Finally, there was a kayak, the sign of total freedom that drove me crazy about mountains and mountain rivers.
Every season was full of whitewater trips and expeditions across Russia, and then Central Asia, the Himalayas and other places. By now I have kayaked nearly all known whitewater rivers in all corners of the former USSR, and many rivers in northern India and Nepal.
Finally I became a full-time river guide and dedicated my life to the outdoors. I now can be more likely reached on my satellite phone than the cellular one.