An all-day, dirt-road bus ride north of Martha’s lies the remote military township of Kluchy. From there we spent two big days Schlepping our rucks to base camp, at the confluence of Kluchevskoy and Kamen, the highest volcanoes in Kamchatka. Unfortunately the conditions weren’t quite what we had hoped: consistent eruptions had plastered the place with ash, creating a maze of penitentes (among bullet-proof glacial ice features). Fortunately we salvaged our ski mountaineering appetites with a classy route on a neighboring 4000m peak. In fresh snow.
Now planning a return trip to Vilyuchinsky to lay down a shred and explore hot springs (Vilyuchinsky is akin to Mt. Hood, but instead of Timberline there are lots of bears).