It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is. - Erasmus

In the US when people want to camp, hike, fish, explore caves or participate in other outdoor recreational activities that involve nature, they sometimes use the phrase "getting back to nature". Here we will list some resources about some of these hobbies that are of interest to those everywhere. These resources won't include team or other regimented sports activities which can be found on our Sports page of Friends and Partners.

  • Andrey's Travel Page - Russian Backcountry *

    Written by Andrey Sebrant, who maintains our "Moscow Life" section, this site allows you to go along on trips to the breathtaking Russian backcountry with Andrey and his family.

  • Climber's club. Novokuznetsk.Russia *

    This site provides fascinating stories and photographs of mountain-climbing expeditions throughout Russia. It also provides a list of links to other sites relating to mountain-climbing. This site is available in Russian only.

  • Diving Tourism *

    Scuba dive in Lake Ladoga and the Russian sector of the Gulf of Finland and see a variety of shipwrecks from 1128 through 1956. This new kind of tourism was initiated by the Government of the Leningrad Region.

  • Ekaterinburg Yacht Club, Yava - Trophy *

    Revisit a few of the Yava Trophy sailboat races and get information on the 1998 Open Russian Match-Race Series.

  • Fishing Club: Fishing in Russia *

    Offers lots of information about fishing in Russia. You can even join the Russian Internet Fishing Club.

  • Hang Gliding Club of Moscow Aviation Institute *

    From one of the leading clubs in Russia. Members take part in many international competitions.

  • Mountain Club of the Institute of Applied Physics, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia *

    "A non-professional organization which unites climbers and mountain fans mainly from IAP RAS and some other institutions of Nizhny Novgorod."

  • RISK Online *

    Founded by Liana Darenskaya, this is the only russian online outdoor journal. Focusing mainly on climbing, mountaineering, skydiving and extreme skiing they publish information on outdoor life in Russia, mountain regions of ex-USSR, events, climbers, projects and expeditions.

  • Russian Alpine Ski Club *

    This site contains SnowSkiing resources including announcements, news, general skiing information, a bulletin board, and contact information. The site is available in Russian only.

  • Russian Nature Reserve Expeditions *

    RNRE, committed to the efforts worldwide to save the nature of Russia, offer educational programs to the ecologically protected areas throughout Russia in order to inform and educate the general public about this issue in Russia.

  • Russian SpeleoInfoCentre Main Page *

    This site covers an international event of "caving" in the former Soviet Union including the collection of collecting of information about caves, caving, and karst sciences and the distribution of of this information through a variety of means.

  • VELOtempo *

    This electronic magazine is the first biking magazine devoted entirely to Russia.

  • Wildlife photography in Siberia and Central Asia. - Oleg Kosterin *

    Oleg Kosterin has provided over 400 incredible pictures of wildlife, vegetation, landscapes and insect life in Siberia. (The Russian site is the same but a slower connection.)

  • Please let us know of additional resources.

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