Ice diving in Russia

I stumbled upon this film photograph of ice divers that I took a few years ago in Siberia on the frozen surface of Lake Baikal. The temperature was probably negative 30° Celsius or colder. I'd never before had any exposure to diving, but one of the guys with whom I was traveling that day was a dive instructor in Thailand. After a stretch in the banya, and over some cheap Russian beers that evening, we talked about diving, and a few months later I traveled to Indonesia to get certified.

Lake Baikal, in the heart of Siberia, one of the most beautiful places I've visited, and certainly one of the coldest.