the temperatures rise and fall to extremes. I have visited during the pleasant months of June-August. I would like to visit again throughout the summer and autumn seasons, experience the seasons change. If possible, I will in winter and explore some other areas of the country.
MSR MiniWorks EX microfilter which itself is a testament to quality, design and reliable water filtration systems.
Stoked. Despite being thrown from a horse the day before and hitting rocks in the sandy grassy soil.
Cyrillic characters are still used in Mongolia, although the language and culture is distinctly their own. Mongolia has a long and legendary history. Visiting this country is the best way to become acquainted to the diverse climates, cultural regions, and terrain while going overland. There have been backpackers, cyclists, motorcyclists, jeeps, SUVs, and retired military vehicles crossing my own path on a mountain bike. Many explorers come to Mongolia.
Deel. This is a lighter summer vest hand sewn by her grandmother.
Taven Bogd, or translated "5 Saints" that marked the end of my one and a half month long overland expedition. The mountains speak, I listen. I didn't follow another explorers tracks or pretend to be the first - Ash Dykes from Wales claims to be the first to cross Mongolia solo for 1500 miles in 2014. The original and recent pioneer for overlanding Mongolia on foot was completed by Ripley Davenport. I knew of Ripley through my work with Education Through Expeditions in 2011. What I wanted to do was complete my own northern route drawn on Google Maps and uploaded to a Garmin 705 GPS. To travel across Mongolia, I used a Lonely Planet guidebook for tips on local towns on the route, and pushed myself physically and mentally to complete it. I also met locals, those Nomadic Mongolians are the truest pioneers to roughing the wild making all other attempts by outsiders mere sporting competition in the summer.
However, I am not saying it's an easy affair completing expeditions in Outer Mongolia, when you travel motor-less while off road the game changes a lot. Crossing consecutive high altitude (1300 to 2600 meter) mountain passes is a daily challenge that is rewarding because you need to do it to make it to the next mark on your route and exhausting. Water becomes a major factor when you need it most and it's availability is questionable at best. As the landscape changes, the topography and terrain that your feet or wheels are contacting can affect your performance considerably. Stepping into sandy tracks can slow progress, increase water intake, delay the time it takes to cross a certain distance. While crossing either the Gobi Desert or the Northwest deserts in Mongolia. Planning and flexibility is important, larger water reserves balanced against the total weight of your equipment - must be weighed in correctly. When it's green fields, water is soon to be found. Some 90 kilometers from Ulaanbaatar, I was cycling through these wide valleys, into birch forests, and back again.