Thursday, June 20, 2013

Expedition Gobi ~ Heading for the Desert!

Leaving Ulaanbaatar for the two day journey to the start of our run, 2300km across Gobi!

The Nature Conservancy, Mongolia

The People, Culture and Our First Views of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia! AMAZING!

Pre-expedition footage of Gobi 2013!!!

Raw Clips from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from GOi2P on Vimeo.

Meeting the Minister of Environment in Mongolia!

Kevin, our team and I visited today with Mongolia Minister of Environment today! We head into desert tomorrow!

Making News in Ulaanbaatar!

Made the papers this morning in Ulaanbaatar! 

People here are incredibly kind! 

Film crew/support team gearing up!

Gobi Expedition Overview!

Beginning June 23, Canadian Adventurer and impossible2Possible (i2P) Founder Ray Zahab and his 'Running the Sahara' teammate, Kevin Lin, will attempt to run 2,300km across the Gobi Desert in approximately 35 days!

Mongolia is the least densely populated country on earth, and is also the world's second-largest landlocked country. The plan is to run 70-80 km a day across the Gobi Desert, to experience, share and learn about the culture of the nomadic people, the environment and all of the beauty and the challenges of the Gobi Desert. The expedition will be shared live via website, live tracking and live videoconferencing.

The duo expects to meet up only once or twice a day with their support team, where they will replenish their water and food and upload video blogs of their experiences. If they miss the drop or their crew, they'll be camping in the desert with the emergency supplies that they carry on their backs.

Along the way, the two men will encounter giant sand dunes, rare archaeological sites, and even dinosaur bones as they battle searing heat, fierce sandstorms, and endless fatigue while running directly into the ferocious and constant winds that whip down from the Altai Mountains. Crossing into China from Mongolia will have its own set of challenges, and likely the team will have to do a 700 km round trip to get their passports stamped so that they can go back to the point of crossing in the desert.

Ray's recent adventures have included several youth-based programs through the organization he founded, impossible2Possible (i2P). Youth participate in running expeditions and share curriculum with schools during their adventures- all over the globe. The programs are 100% free. On the Gobi expedition, Ray and his team will be collecting video footage, photos and interviews that will be made available to students in the coming school year in advance of the next i2P Youth expedition to Peru with the theme of biodiversity. The story of desertification in the Gobi will be shared via live videoconferencing, and available post-expedition for free download. There will as well be a live website to follow, and schools will be able to download all footage for free following the expedition. Along their journey, Ray and Kevin will take inspiration from the young adventurers on our i2P Youth Expeditions. In the Gobi, they'll bring their energy and enthusiasm with them!

Visit www.gobi2013.com for more!


Touch Down in Mongolia!

Got in late last night....tomorrow meeting w my buddy Damdin, Minister of Environment Mongolia, then 2 press conferences!

Here we go!!!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Countdown to Gobi! Packing, Packing, Packing!!

How many shoes will I need to run 2,300km across the Gobi? 

This bag full of shoes oughta do it!!!