With their thrilling rapids, drastic jumps in height and deep canyons, the mountain streams in the Northern Caucasus have always attracted extreme sport lovers and those looking for active leisure. One such attraction is the Belaya River, which passes through a series of different landscapes and is known for its temperamental flow — one that constantly changes as it travels from its source to the mouth of the river. This river also hosts a number of international rafting competitions every year, but you don’t have to be a professional in order to test these rapids. Even a novice can try their hand at water tourism here, where interesting canyoning routes abound.
The mountains of the Caucasus form a magical border between Europe and Asia. Filmmaker Henry M. Mix and his crew spent over a year in Russia's highest mountains. The result is an impressive documentary about the natural wonders to be found between the Black and Caspian Seas. The wild mountain landscape with its extreme climate has created a unique world of flora and fauna and makes the Caucasus one of the world's 25 most significant centres of biodiversity. Mountain bison, Caucasus snowcock and tur are only found here. Under the snow-covered main ridge live Saiga antelopes, long-eared hedgehogs and short-toed snake eagles. Epic footage, breathtaking aerial photography and hitherto unseen behaviour of rare animals – Greater Caucasus has its viewers spellbound from the first minute on.
In this first ever survey of the music of this war torn region, Michael Church lifts the veil on a vibrant musical tradition. The small but troubled Republic of Chechnya is a member of the Russian Federation, located in the North Caucasus Mountains between the Black and Caspian Seas. With a population of a little more that one million, its fierce fight for independence has kept it in the news and kept visitors out. A beautiful but harsh mountainous landscape has made for a traditionally hard and resilient people whose culture has rarely reached the outside world. Michael Church has recorded and compiled the stunning music on this disc partly in Chechnya itself and was held by the Russian police for his efforts. Some of the tracks are love songs and circle dances, others are living history, accompanied by balalaika, violin, drum and accordion, these songs celebrate heroes and denounce genocidal crime.(Amazon)