Velvet Way offers active outings for groups of five to ten people several times a month. The club members frequently travel to the Republic of Altai to do mountain climbing, river rafting, rock climbing, and potholing. Apart from that, they have travelled to Mount Elbrus, Kamchatka, Khakassia.

Alexander organises these trips selflessly, considering it his mission. The trade union offers him some funding to purchase hiking equipment.


"Volunteering gives me a boost of energy. I want people to relish the beauty of nature, enjoy various places, get revved up by the mountains, cleanse themselves, and change their attitude towards nature, just like I do.

It all started in 2010 when I began rock climbing and fell totally in love with it. I met some guys and started hiking with them to explore the region and the Altai Republic. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to share it with my colleagues and organise something similar at work. I approached our company’s trade union, and they supported me. That is how the tourist club came about."