Trip Start Feb 16, 2008
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It turned out that when we attually arrived in Kungur after the 2 and a half hour journey on the train that the caves wernt as good as they looked and it wasnt possible to do any climbing. They were still really interesting and would be even more so if the guide we had spoke any English but I don think anyone in thw whole town spoke a word. In a way this was nice as I got to experience a real Russian town that had not seen many tourists and was not European Russia like Moscow and St Petersberg
After the cave we climbed up a huge snow covered hill and went for a walk around the hills and though a pine forest following what looked alot like bear tracks. In the evening we walked down in to the town...
The next day I discovered that there was a little shed out the back of the hostel that hired ice skates, snow boards and skis!! Having not snowboarded before I was rather excited and hired a snow board straight away. Looking at the mountain it was quite daunting for a first time snowbaorder as it was steep. I headed to the lift which I sure was made in the early 1900's as I was just a big cog conected to a steel wire that Im sure if you slipped into, you would face certain death or mutilation! The lift turned out to attually be harder than coming down the mountain, you just had to attach the metal hook to the wire then get dragged up the mountain, trying to steer away from the metal poles (i think it was hard because it was designed for skiers)
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