crossing the betpak-dala | бетпакдала

I undertook the first expedition to ever cross the Betpak-Dala (бетпакдала) or the ‘Steppe of Misfortune’ from its eastern extremity along the shores of Lake Balkash to its western edge adjacent the Sarysu River. I also ran 190 miles, or nearly eight marathons, back to back over the course of eight days through the desert.