Experience the Beauty and Danger of Remote Siberia

A solid case for why "The White Maze" expedition is the winter adventure of a lifetime.
By Corinna Halloran

Last year, a team of adventurers became the first people to ski the remote Onekaton Island. When they were flying home from that historic North Pacific expedition, they passed over the highest mountain in Eastern Siberia.

To normal people, this flight pattern would mean nothing more than some stunning views of beautiful, untouched mountains. However, Matthias "Hauni" Haunholder and Matthias Mayr aren't exactly normal folks. They realized that the adventure of a lifetime was lying in the mountains below.

Fast-forward one year and the group headed out into the wild toward Gora Pobeda in an attempt to become the first people to ski the highest peak in this remote region. As the saying goes, it's not about the destination, it's about the journey. And this trip, which was captured for the Red Bull TV documentary "The White Maze," was a journey none of them will ever forget.

Check out the images below to get a sense of just how epic this adventure really was.



 Yep, it was that cold

A man throws water into the air only for it to turn to snow in The White Maze documentary on Red Bull TV
Water immediately turns to snow © Jonas Blum/Red Bull Content Pool

We all know water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, but what happens when it's -76 degrees? In Siberia, it means that boiling water instantly turns into powder. It's obviously very cold, but also very dry. But when the stars align, it creates a unique result.

It’s all in the name


A massive expanse of the frozen mountains in the remote Eastern Siberia region captured in The White Maze documentary of Red Bull TV
The maze of white © Jonas Blum/Red Bull Content Pool

How do you sum up an adventure for the history books in just a few words? It was quite the task for the mountaineers once they got back from the expedition. But after reviewing the footage, one thing became apparent — the impressive landscape looked exactly like an incredible white maze. The place practically named itself.

Really, really out there


Matthias Mayr and Matthias Haunholder attempt to cross and ski Siberia in the latest Red Bull TV film: The White Maze
Matthias Mayr and Matthias Haunholder in Siberia © Jonas Blum/Red Bull Content Pool

The mountain is located 200 miles from the nearest town and 800 miles from the nearest hospital. Once you comprehend those distances, the difficulty of the mission becomes that much clearer.

When the road melts


The trusty van helped Matthias 'Hauni' Haunholder and Matthias Mayr cross over the melting roads of Siberia
Who needs real roads? © Jonas Blum/Red Bull Content Pool

In the middle of Siberia, proper roads are few and far between. Therefore it's vital to have proper, sturdy transportation. Enter the coolest van ever. The van helped Haunholder and Mayr traverse hundreds of miles over frozen rivers. The only downside was that the rivers, and thus the roads, began to melt as the seasons changed from freezing winter to hot summer.

With a little help from your friends

Locals took the team in and were imparative to helping the White Maze succeed at the end of the day
Locals were imperative to helping the team succeed © Jonas Blum/Red Bull Content Pool

There's always a key element to a project's success. And for "The White Maze," it was a family of nomads who lived near the mountain. Their knowledge of the area, and support, was imperative to the success of the team.

These stories and more come to life in The White Maze on Red Bull TV on Nov. 18. Tune in to learn more about this epic adventure and just how cold it really was.

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