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Kamchatka sea lions

Kamchatka. Sea lions.

A true story about the sea lions of Kamchatka, reverent attitude to native nature, ecology, patriotism and good education.

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In the Far East of vast Russia there is a small town - Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. And in this town located in the very center of Kamchatka peninsula, one of the richest regions of Russia, there is an unique nature attraction, of which the inhabitants of this town are rightly proud.

There are many sights in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, but one of them is truly unique - this is the only place in the world where wild sea animals - sea lions - settled next to human area, directly in the town limits.

Travel and mountaineering in Kamchatka

A sea lion is the largest mammal of the seal family, they live in the Pacific Ocean, in its northern part, respectively. Kamchatka is just in the eastern edge of the population range of these animals. In general, there are not so many of these animals left in wild nature, their population is decreasing due to many factors ... Frankly, there are very few of them left. And, it is quite natural that Russian government put these rare animals under protection - showing solidarity with other countries and international environmental organizations.

Travel and mountaineering in Kamchatka

So, in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky there is a rookery of these most unique endangered sea lions! This rookery can rightfully be considered one of the main attractions of the town, along with magnificent roads, the harsh and majestic northern architecture of residential areas, and even the statue of Vladimir Lenin, which has survived so many upheavals, but still proudly looking into the future, standing in the main square. But this story is not about Lenin, but about sea lions.

Travel and mountaineering in Kamchatka

People of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky love their town. They are happy to walk along the spacious streets, enjoy the freshness of the ocean breeze, which is especially fresh if it blows from the direction of the fish factory…

Also, the inhabitants of this glorious place spend a lot of time in communion with nature. The features of this communication are expressed in the amount of illegally produced caviar, but I will not touch on this topic here, because I want to talk about sea lions. So the people of Petropavlovsk enjoy sea lions. After all, there is no such thing anywhere else in the world! It is enough to take a bus, get to Mokhovaya street, walk a bit and here it is - a real rookery of sea lions!

Travel and mountaineering in Kamchatka

Here you can spend hours watching huge animals, freely spread out on cool pebbles washed by waves, watching their life flowing under the vigilant care and protection of Russian government. Do not forget that the sea lion is listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation, and their rookery in Petropavlovsk is not only under the care of the UN, WWF, Greenpeace and others, but is also carefully guarded by the cares of the local administration. This is not difficult to guess – just at the entrance a huge information board marks the beginning of the specially protected rookery territory, in the information board it is clearly written how to behave in this reserved place.

Travel and mountaineering in Kamchatka

Even the laziest tourist will not refuse to have a look at the sea lions rookery! Indeed, you will not see this anywhere else in the world! All Chinese, Koreans, Japanese and Americans, not to mention a lot of local tourists, once being in Petropavlovsk, first of all run to look at the world-famous sea lions landmark. So many people from this place begin their acquaintance and love with Petropavlovsk. And being in this natural zoo, so carefully guarded by government, tourists are imbued with respect for those who invested their precious time and energy to ensure that these endangered sea lions feel comfortable and safe.

Travel and mountaineering in Kamchatka

Standing at the parapet separating the pedestrian zone from the territory of the rookery, watching the majestic sea animals, happy and careless life of adult lions, and also the young puppies, one can be filled with pride for the selfless and noble love and care that Russia provides even to the most defenseless and small of its inhabitants! I LOVE RUSSIA!!!!

Kamchatka sea lions

To correctly understand what is written above, please look at these unique photographs of a unique rookery of unique sea lions in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

The author of the text and photos - Alexey Trubachev


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AlexClimb Rule #1 - Safety First

From the very beginning of our activity, here nearly 16 years, the first Principle of work of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb is the Safety Priority. On the basis of this Principle all process of training is based, all programs and rounds are developed and carried out only within this main principle. We consider that at professional approach to development of programs, at personal discipline and correctly put motivation - occupations by mountaineering and rock-climbing are COMPLETELY safe. And from the return - all troubles and accidents in our sport come from nonprofessionalism, from ignorance or neglect by elementary standards of safety, from irrational motivation, from revaluation of own forces and opportunities. All these prerequisites we COMPLETELY EXCLUDE in our work - ours Rock-climbing, Ice climbing and Mountaineering are based on one Principle - the Safety Priority. In rock-climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing, the Priority of Safety of MCS AlexClimb-is your personal security and comfort irrespective of, than we are engaged - we train muscles and we work technology of the movement in the sports hall and on the rock climbing wall, we make the way through snowstorm to top or we relax on golden sand of the Caribbean beach after hot day of trainings on rocks. The Safety priority - the main credo of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb.

AlexClimb Rule #2 - Leave No Trace

Closely interacting with Nature, working with the active programs in mountains, woods, lakes and rivers, we perfectly understand the importance of carefull and respectfull bahavior towards the Nature, for its resources. From the very beginning of our outdoor-activity we adopted rules of  Leave No Trace technique - the standard of behavior of the person accepted in all the civilized world in relation to environment and especially - to the wild nature. After all on the relation of people to the nature near which they exist, itself can draw dalekoidushchy conclusions on the relation of these people to... Where and as we didn't travel - we don't reserve any garbage, we try to reduce whenever possible our influence on environment to a minimum. We clear earlier zagryazyonny tourist parking of the left garbage, we take out and we take out to utilization places that to us other people left there. We consider that only thus, at personal individual consciousness of each citizen, each tourist, climber or autotraveller, we will be able to keep the nature surrounding us in its state, natural, suitable for life, - in it pledge of the healthy future for ourselves and our children.

AlexClimb Rule #3 - Sober Concious

The position of AlexClimb Mountain and rockclimbing School regarding healthy lifestyle is quite clear - we consider that only sober consciousness is capable to fill sincere emotions,  to sympathize, to enjoy life in all its variety. Bright various enjoyable life is possible only on condition of keeping the absolute sobriety and purity of consciousness. Any way of obscuring our perception of reality is intended to do harm to our consciousness and bring harm to our physical health, to replace the true values by false ones, to destroy us physically - to turn us into flabby, weak, senseless, gray herd with empty hazy eyes. We don't force anybody to our point of view, everyone has a God's gift of making his own choice and to destroy himself if that is what he wants... But in AlexCilimb Mountain Climbing School we accept quite certain and very simple set of rules: neither alcohol, nor drugs.