Diana Gleadhill’s author visit on Tuesday provided a fascinating and enticing story of her treks through the Kamchatka peninsula of Eastern Russia, an area that has only been accessible to the world since the end of the Soviet era. Diana, and her school friend Elise (mind you these two are now well into their 60’s) hiked across active volcanoes, competed with bears for Sockeye Salmon and ultimately had the adventure of a lifetime, culminating in the publication of Diana’s journal and photographs of the region. She also spoke abo0ut the very simple way of life of the indigenous reindeer herders, and the basic lifestyle of the Russian families that also call the Kamchatka peninsula their home.
Diana mentioned the prolific amount of poaching that went on in the area, and that following her trip she was able to encourage a massive shift in anti-poaching regulation on the area. An adventurer and environmentalist, we wish Diana the best on her next expedition!
Diana’s book; Kamchatka: a journal and guide to Russia’s land of ice and fire is available for loan from the library.