There are places on earth that scientists know less about than certain distant planets owing to their geographic situation or climate and for political reasons. This is the case of Kamchatca, one of the world's most secret places. Kamchatca is almost a symonym of volcanoes as these cover most of the peninsula. Each volcano has its own characteristics, not one is like another and there are 200 of them, 28 of which are active. The volcanoes are enormous. The ones called Koryaksky, Kronotsky, Tolbachik and Haushkovsky are between 3500 and 3000 metres high and the yougest volcano Klyuchevskoi is over 4800 metres.
Jean Afanassieff is a French mountaineer, director, cameraman and producer. He has made 11 films that have featured and won awards at major mountain film festivals, including Trento, Banff, San Sebastian, Les Diablerets, Graz, Katowice, Telluride, La Plagne, Antibes, and Autrans. In 1978, he became the first French mountaineer to climb Everest. In 1979, he set a new world record for high-altitude downhill skiing (8,300 metres). He has taken part in a range of expeditions, including the first ascent of Mont Ross (Kerguelen Islands) and the first ascent of the north face of Mount Fitz Roy (Patagonia). His love of mountaineering and the mountains led him to become a mountain guide and technical consultant. In 1991, he was a jury member of the international TrentoFilmfestival.