Stolby is a beautiful nature reserve well worth visiting, but it includes a lot of big rocks along your way. If you decide to climb these rocks, which many people do, make sure to bring proper safety equipment. You can find memorials unlucky hikers along the way. The rocks are called “Stolby”. “Stolby” is the plural of “stolb”, the Russian for “pillar”. The regular Stolby goers call themselves “stolbists”, and the public activity as a whole is termed “stolbism”. It is an exceptional activity with a long history of over 150 years and old customs recorded in a special folklore.The place was discovered in 1624 by Russian kozaks, explorers of Siberia, who built a small fortress at the influx of the Kacha River into the Yenisei. They wondered at the huge intricately shaped stony blocks rising amid a thick forest and gave them the biblical name “Stolpy”, reduced later to the popular “Stolby”. Since then the name came into use for these and any similar rocky features in Siberia and the Russian Far East and was accepted as a geological term.