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The Kuril Islands Expedition will set sails on 8th of July with Taylor Rees, Chris Burkard and Renan Ozturk

On Monday, the 8th July, an unusual expedition is setting sails in the town of Petropavlovsk in Kamchatka. A group of filmmakers, adventurers, climbers, environmentalists and a software entrepreneur will travel along the islands of Onekotan, Ushishir, Simushir, and Urup to explore the environmental impact on this remote area of the earth, try first ascents and raise awareness for the protection of the islands.

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Digital Nomads Taylor Rees, Chris Burkard, Renan Ozturk and Eugene Kaspersky on a 14 days mission to create awareness for a remote, unprotected landscape.

There are not many spots left on earth that create genuine desire. Most places are well documented, researched and easily reached, even for non-adventurers. But then there are spots that are close to legendary. For Taylor Rees, Chris Burkard and Renan Ozturk, these are a few rock formations on the Kuril Islands. They dreamed for a long time to be the first people to stand on top of these rocks.

It's a region that is difficult to reach, geopolitically disputed, and not accessible without setting up a proper expedition. Their ultimate goal is a rock formation off Ushishir island. But they wouldn't do such an expedition for the purely hedonistic goal of being the first on a rock. "This is a unique opportunity to study a remote ocean ecosystem that is affected by both pollution and climate change, especially with impacts in region still poorly understood", says Rishi Sugla, an oceanography PhD-student joining the expedition.



While the Kuril Islands are a remote, untouched paradise, they are not a national park or an environmentally protected area of any kind. "I explored the Kuril Islands on a ship-based excursion back in 2014. I was stunned by their wild, untouched beauty, and tranquility," said Eugene Kaspersky. "This is a part of the world that deserves protected status, and our expedition will ultimately be calling for that."