Journey on the Savan River

We spent a week fishing the Savan River in the most remote corner of Russia.

The Savan River on the Kamchatka Peninsula is hundreds of kilometers from civilization – the closest thing you’ll find to a road out here is bear tracks. Our most recent, and last trip as Columbia’s Directors of Toughness was surreal. We spent a week fishing the Savan River in the most remote corner of Russia.

We were joined by our guides, Dima, Nikita, Anatoli and his faithful guard dog, Alpha. She joined us to deter the bears from our camp, of which there were plenty!

Our journey started in a massive, old helicopter, which took us to the remote Savan River. We began our trip downstream, to make it to our final destination, base camp.

The river was incredible, filled with rainbow trout, spawning salmon, and grizzlies out for their lunch. When I first heard we were going to Kamchatka I knew about the bear situation – essentially thousands of them call this peninsula home. What I never expected was to be standing in the river with them. They were fishing and we were there right alongside them. It was quite amazing that we could be in such close proximity.

Our days on the river were filled with fresh salmon roe, Russian vodka, and curious bears. It was completely surreal. It was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.

The closest thing you’ll find to a road out here is bear tracks.

There’s no better feeling to reeling in a trout. Getting one on the line is only the start of the battle – they love to run, fight, and make it difficult on you. There’s a real art to playing these fish and landing them.

Getting one on the line is only the start of the battle.

The weather took a turn about halfway through our journey, but that didn’t stop us from getting out on the water. It was what our guide called “typical Kamchatka weather” – which meant lots of rain and clouds. It still made for amazing fishing.

The entire trip I was feeling quite nostalgic, since it was our last journey as the Directors of Toughness. I had a chance to reflect on all of our trips while I was out on the water and this place really topped them all in terms of pure remoteness.

It is so remote, we were so out there, and so far away from anything or anybody else.

It is so remote, we were so out there, and so far away from anything or anybody else and I think that makes it one of the most extreme places we visited as Directors of Toughness.

Director of Toughness Mark ChaseMark Chase is the first international Director of Toughness and joins the company from Gloucester, England. Raised on a diet of climbing, skiing, camping, hiking and rugby, it was obvious that a warm office and a cozy bed was never going to cut it. An ex Semi-professional Rugby player, Mark is used to pushing himself both mentally and physically and is always up for a challenge. You can follow Mark’s journey as Director of Toughness here and social channels including: Twitter | Instagram

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