Saturday, July 08, 2017

"Alone: 180 Days on Lake Baikal"

Alone: 180 Days on Lake Baikal” by Sylvain Tesson (with Florice Tran, co-director) in a series by Teletravel, is a 51-minute documentary where Sylvain lives alone on the shares of Russia’s Lake Bailak (the largest freshwater lake in the World) like a hermit from a Thoreau book.

As the film begins he drives from Irkutsk, 300 miles, including across a frozen lake, in February, with temperatures as low as -20 F.  He reads books, writes by hand, analyzes chess positions, splits wood and lights coal fires.  Is this “doomsday prepper” stuff?

In March, as about the time the ice starts to thaw, he makes a 30 mile journey by sled to visit a couple in another cabin, a wildlife biologist and his wife.

Spring comes, the days grow long, and he enjoys frying “free fish” by the Lake.  He also has two dogs.

In late July, he rows across the lake to his car and returns.

Wikipedia attribution link for Baikal picture under CCSA 2.0 ,

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