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Extract

Having called in my safety support to extract me from the Gobi, it turns out the only seriously viable route out is the one I was planning on walking. A vehicle would not make it over the mountain pass (now to my West) that I came over because of the snow. The same is true for most of the mountain...

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Stopped and Extracting

I came to the decision yesterday to stop and extract from the Gobi. I had come out here to attempt to cross the desert unsupported and unassisted using only human power. But the weight of the cart, with enough food, fuel, tent, water (to next water) and survival equipment for the duration, was near ...

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Day 6.

Felling good today. Made good progress but still extremely exhausted at the end of the day. This winter gobi crossing attempt was always going to be an exploratory attempt as there were a lot of unknowns that would present themselves once I got started. Whether the water we located on the recce wa...

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Day 5.

The photo is of the location where I camped last night. Not most peoples idea of a desert, Frozen river and snow! It was exceptionally cold the morning when I packed up camp. It was still dark and snowing with a bitting wind. A few hours later after some serious climbing up and over a mountain pas...

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Day 4. Snow

Went up one mountain pass to start the day and came down another (nicknamed Hells Canyon on the cycle recce) in the dark tonight. In between I had a long steady climb with up to 2 feet of snow. Very tough going trying to pull the cart through the snow - on my hands and knees at times. A little mor...

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Day 3. Adjustments.

Day 3 was a but easier than the first 2. The surface was hard (better for the cart wheels) and it was mostly flat until the last 5km when I started climbing in the the mountains. I have been adjusting things all day trying to optimise my efforts - I have moved the cart load around to better balanc...

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Day 2

Very cold night and start this morning. The cold made packing away the tent and loading the cart very slow. But I started walking around 8.40 and did a solid day finishing at 17.45 when it got dark. Very hard day mostly uphill and in soft sand so was quite pleased when I calculated I did about 30k...

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Gobi Solo in Winter – Start

I took the first step of my attempt to cross the Gobi desert solo in winter today at 15.15. Bit later than planned as it took quite a while to unload the 4x4 and build the cart. The late start ment I only had just over 2 hours of daylight before having to stop and put up my tent. But actually a sh...

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Day before setting off

Doing final kit check and last bit of shopping for supplies. It's always an anxious time just before setting off, making sure you haven't forgotten something as there is no chance sorting that after starting. It's a gorgeous day in Bulgan so hopefully it will be like this tomorrow. Will spend the da...

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Bulgan in Khovd province

Have arrived in Bulgan in Khovd province on the western side of Mongolia. I will be starting the crossing from just East of here at the edge of where the new tarmac minr road meets the desert track. Some stunning scenery during todays drive. We took a new route through the mountains via a large coal...

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