#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Last weekend, on July 1 and 2, the Norilsk administration sports department organized traditional sports competitions on the Haraelah river as part of the 53rd tourist rally.
The events at the campground on the left bank of a winding and rather wayward river brought together more than a thousand participants – representatives of municipal institutions, Norilsk Nickel, travel associations, clubs, non-profit organizations, and just outdoor enthusiasts.
The festival hosts and guests were lucky this year: the event was held in relatively warm and dry weather.
Whole families and companies came to Haraelah. From the morning of July 1, special buses transported spectators and fans of the big summer show from the Talnah bus station every hour.
The competition participants organized a camp in advance, inventing for each team a name, a motto and even distinctive symbols – signs in the clothes and their temporary tundra dwellings decorations. Within their ‘habitat’, people cooked fish soup, barbecued, sat by the fire with a guitar, some even at night – fortunately now at our latitude it is a polar day and the sun does not go beyond the horizon.
But the main thing in all these gatherings is love for nature and sports, discipline, coherence of actions and a good attitude towards each other, akin to brotherhood, camaraderie – something for which many are nostalgic.
The rally began with a grand opening: for half a century, the event has developed traditions that no one violates. The program, as in previous years, included competitions in the technique of hiking and water tourism: kayaks – men’s crew, kayaks – mixed crew, inflatable boats – men’s crew, inflatable boats – mixed crew.
Each team representatives also competed in the technique of cycling tourism and rock climbing on artificial terrain. Cheerful and mass competition Dad, Mom and I are a Tourist Family was held out of standings.
The tourists gathering’s winners and prize-winners were awarded cups, certificates, medals and award paraphernalia with the Norilsk 70th anniversary symbols.
Text: Marina Horoshevskaya, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko