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Rivers of an Unknown Land by Vladimir Gavrilov

Rivers of an Unknown Land by Vladimir GavrilovVladimir Gavrilov wrote this fantastic book about the whitewater rivers of the former Soviet Union. He led many expeditions in the 1970s and 1980s throughout his native Russia as well as the Ukraine, Georgia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. This book describes the major rivers of these countries and includes stories from his expeditions.

This is a book written with boaters in mind. You’ll find complete logistics, maps, and detailed descriptions of over 40 different Class IV – VI whitewater rivers. You’ll also enjoy the pictures and funny stories from Vlad’s travels through these remote regions.

I joined Vlad on the Kaa Khem River in Siberia in 2011 and was hooked! Stories from this book motivated me to return to the former USSR in 2018 for a month long paddling trip in 2018 through Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. We used this book to find the access to the best rivers in these countries.

Kayaking the Iskander Darya in Tajikistan
Kayaking the Iskander Darya in Tajikistan

The former Soviet Union is the last frontier for whitewater boaters. Vlad’s book is the key to successfully exploring this region, which makes up 1/6th of the planet’s surface area.

The book is available on Amazon.

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Zachary Collier

As owner of Northwest Rafting Company, Zach Collier combines international guiding experience in places like Siberia, Bhutan, and Chile with a natural business acumen for systems and logistics. Whether he’s on big water or in the back office, Zach strives to ensure Northwest Rafting Company offers exceptional whitewater and wilderness experiences for guests and guides alike.

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