Friday Flick: Book of Legends

Long, remote and dangerous, Siberia’s Bashkaus River gained notoriety in the mid-1970s when six Russian explorers drowned while attempting a first descent by cata-raft. Of the team, only four survived. The following year the survivors returned and built a memorial in the canyon, accessible only by river.

The Bashkaus, in southern Siberia’s Altai mountains, boasts more than 60 kilometres of huge class-five whitewater and the river has claimed other lives since that tragic first attempt.

This award winning film combines archival footage with a daring present-day month-long expedition by an international adventure-kayak team to retrace the doomed Russian attempt and pay homage to these valiant whitewater explorers.

article continues below