The Expedition

In March, 2018 our team ( Mike Stevenson, Rob Trigwell and Scott Gilmour) broke the longstanding record for an unsupported traverse of Lake Baikal. During the winter months the vast surface of Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater lake by volume (this does not do it justice btw) is completely frozen. The surface has an almost black marble appearance. It is a truly spectacular place.

Over the 675km journey (approx.) we faced brutally cold temperatures, heavy snowfall, ice as hard as steel and were buffeted by strong winds. The team set a new record of 12 days 21 hours and 13 minutes.

March, 2019 we are returning to Baikal to significantly improve on the current record. You will be able to follow our attempt via the teams GPS tracking device.



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““Lake Baikal is a magical place, full of amazing ice formations and history. During this epic expedition I’m sure Scott’s team will stick by the mantra... ‘the pain will disappear, but the thought of giving up lasts for ever!’ Good luck and enjoy the experience.”

Conrad Dickinson

Image courtesy of Conrad Dickinson

Image courtesy of Conrad Dickinson


Over the years I’ve been privileged enough to meet some fantastic people within the expedition industry. Non more so than Conrad Dickinson. Conrad is one of Britain’s leading explorers, he is the first and only Briton to achieve the ‘Polar Grand Slam’ completing the World’s 3 hardest Polar journeys i.e. Crossing Greenland, South Pole, North Pole; all unsupported. He was one of the first westerners to traverse Lake Baikal in 2007 as part of his Northern Spirit Expedition. Conrad has worked with leading business and public figures throughout his guiding career. Most recently he was the guide for the British Team for Walking with the Wounded’s: South Pole Allied Challenge

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