Imagine a non-Westerner saying that a trip to America is complete after only visting New York City or Los Angeles, places that they know about mostly through media and movies. Sure, those places are worth visiting. Or maybe they’re seeking a scenic getaway, looking for the best that America has to offer, and only Yosemite or Yellowstone national parks come to mind. Yes, they are stunning and offer plenty for sightseers and active outdoorsmen. But, what a missed opportunity for any outdoor adventurer if he/she never heard of Denali, North America’s highest mountain and one of the Seven Summits (the highest peaks on each of the world’s continents). Alaska is probably not a top-of-mind destination for people planning a trip to the United States. Southern Russia is even more obscure to most Westerners, but there is a whole other world to discover there. Of course, Russia is the world’s largest nation, stretching from Eastern Europe through northern Asia, covering nine different time zones, and therefore features extremely diverse climates and landscapes. Ask yourself this … Into what position do you clump Russia when thinking about a geographical map? Do you think about Moscow – Russia’s financial and political center? How about St. Petersburg, the beautiful home of Russian art, culture and heritage or Trans-Siberia, the area that dominates the rest of Russia’s flat, cold and barren land inhabited by bears?