Photoalbum & Story: Hike on February 4, 2007
around Losiny Ostrov, 18km

The latest hiking was one of the best in this season. The 25 minutes’ electric-train trip from Moscow, the forest all through our way, frozen lakes under the feet, coming back to Moscow yet daylight. Our great respect for Mr. Lee! The skiers (I deeply regret for destroying their paths) could not split the picture.

One of the peculiarities of this hiking Sunday was the second (already!) appearing of Egor, who happened to be a doctor. Well, I feel obliged to describe his appearance: 1 meter 89 centimeters, 30, 120, 30 beginning from the top of a head, 75 kilos. Не was so popular that he hardly had a time to give his autograph with a telephone number or/and e-mail. Attention girls! He is already divorced now only coming to his 30’Th birthday. And if you know a gay who is going to marry just after the split perhaps he is the silliest person in this hemisphere. And Egor-doctor from Magadan doesn’t look slightly silly. I timidly tried to convince him to be our hike-doctor. May be this praising report will help?

Our sweet Italian – Stephano (the stress is on the first syllable) and the most risky and the strongest in the hike – Mr. Lee-photographer tried to pronounce his name as [I:gor’], mixing it with another more widespread Russian name "Igor". I tried to make clear a difference between Igor and Egor [Egor]. Unsuccessfully it seems to me.

That was a short distance hiking from Moscow. Such routes have a privilege of coming back early. But I should say that "Lossiny ostrov" (Stag island) is almost a single opportunity for a nice hiking in the nearest Moscow suburb. And you could not take the same route often, if you want to have a fun. Walking on all these frozen, cracking lakes and pools side by side with Stephano we remembered and performed the famous lines of P.F.:

"Don’t be surprised when a crack in the ice
Appears under your feet
You slip out of your depth and of your mind
With your fear flowing out behind you
As you claw the thin ice".

We were passing by the place where I had fallen through the ice by one leg up to above my knee two years ago. But than it was another leader. Nothing like this could happen under the guidance of Mr. Lee.

Аuthor: Ilia Ponomarev

Фото: Dongkyo Lee

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