Within the Exclusion Zone, at the end of a long, rough road through dense forest, lies a curious relic of the cold war. Tucked away in this bit of wilderness, the Duga radar installation would have been a military secret, but for one thing: the staccato clicking noises it produced on shortwave radio frequencies. Shortwave users quickly figured out where the interference was coming from, and dubbed the location “the Russian Woodpecker”.
It was a powerful radar system to warn of incoming nukes. It stands today disused. A mass of military office buildings lay just inside the gates.
But that’s not why you come here. You come here for the radar itself: A three-hundred-foot tall, half mile long wall of wire and steel. If you want to, you can climb it. Don’t worry, it’s totally unlegal.