Getting There Away

With plenty of notice Norilsk-based Traveller's Club Taimyr (§ 423066; alextravelgmorcom .ru; ill Ordzhonikidze 2-93) can help you sort out permits for the Taymyr Peninsula and Putorana Plateau, and can organise boats, helicopters, snowmobiling and the various guides that you'll need to explore this wildest frontier of Arctic travel. Trips to the North Pole are also possible. For reliable, English-speaking help in organising trips to this region, contact the ever-obliging K2 (§ 3812-693075; www.adventuretravel.ru) in Omsk or Stan Tours (infoiastantours.com) in Almaty. Although the latter is primarily a Central Asia specialist, the German owner has had some thrilling adventures in the Taymyr. K2 offers a 12-day Putorana trip with fishing, hiking, canyon-rafting and a visit to Lake Kutaramakan. The US$1850 cost out of Norilsk includes helicopter transfers and permits.

Digital Cameras For Beginners

Digital Cameras For Beginners

Although we usually tend to think of the digital camera as the best thing since sliced bread, there are both pros and cons with its use. Nothing is available on the market that does not have both a good and a bad side, but the key is to weigh the good against the bad in order to come up with the best of both worlds.

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