Whitewater kayaking in russian Karelia
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Whitewater kayaking in russian Karelia

White water kayaking in the Republic of Kerelia, Russia (2012). Three kayak paddlers struggling through foamy white water of Chirka-Kem' in russian Karelia.

Spanning almost 67 km, the route ranges from streamless, motionless lakes to extreme whitewater. Most suitable for rafts and catarafts, it's also adored by kayakers -- in fact, russian folding kayak (baidarka) paddlers. Numerous rapids vary in river difficulty class from I (like Loukhi and Chavgo rapids) up to IV (Tahko waterfall). Running one of the rapids, our `Ladoga-2' has gained maximum speed -- 15 mph.