The white Maze: Mission Accomplished

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08. Aug, 2016 Written by: Elan



After traveling to north eastern Russia already in January, to get connected with natives who live near the massive Chersky mountains, Matthias and Hauni again travelled to Yakutia in late April together with their cameramen Moritz Sonntag, Johannes Aitzetmьller and photographer Jonas Blum.

Chersky mountains, with a length of 1200km are larger than the Alps.

“Gora Pobeda“ is known as mountain  with a very difficult ascent, not only because it is a steep rocky and icy peak but even more because it is so far out of reach. The nearest village with road access Ust Nera is more than 350km away. The next helicopter and hospital is 1300km away in Yakutsk. And moreover, this is one of the coldest regions in the world with temperatures dropping to as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius during the long arctic winter. Due to extreme continental climate, short and hot summers follow the long winter cold immediately so the time window for the ascent and descent is very short. Since this project was the first of its kind, it was not clear which time of the year the adventure would be possible at all. It would be an impossible task to reach the mountain range or the highest peak without helicopter support with all the equipment this small team brought along for filming. But the team did it!

A Family of Nomads, living aside the mountain range, become the key for success. It is with their support and knowledge the adventurers were able to succeed. During their adventure the team discovered the cultural diversity of Yakutia, where gold digging settlements and kolchoses are pure contrast to the beautiful landscape and the harmonic life of the nomads.

On October 12th, the official premiere of THE WHITE MAZE film will take place. THE WHITE MAZE is a film (52mins) about a ski adventure taking place in a completely unknown but extremely fascinating and beautiful area.
In cinemas and on I-Tunes from October 2016!

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