As most of you know, Lauren from Team Globetrooper is currently undertaking one of the toughest adventure challenges of her life. She’s trekking 1,600 kms (1,000 miles) across the remote Gobi Desert in Mongolia. She’s covering over 30 kms each day, all with her trusty companion Bumblebee (the Bactrian camel).
Lauren was able to upload a few small photos with the team’s satellite connection. And WOW! What a place to be. The photo to the right is Lauren and her tent-mate, Flo.
In less the two weeks, the expedition has lost two members due to infection, injury and sickness. They still have at least six weeks to go, so one can only imagine it’s going to get (much) tougher from here.
The Gobi 2011 Expedition
Gobi Desert Landscape - This is what Lauren wakes up to every morning
Gobi Desert Wild Horses - Wow, what a site! And what an ominous looking sky. If it's not a blazing hot sun, freezing cold nights or brutal sand storms, it's the threat of a violent deluge.
Gobi Desert Critters - Not sure what snake this is, but it's definitely not your common non-venomous tree python. Looks deadly to me. Any guesses? Rattlesnake maybe?
Gobi Desert Bactrian Camels - These are Lauren's favourites of the bunch; I'm not sure if one of them is her Bumblebee. Certainly odd looking camels; great creatures apparently.
Gobi Desert Bactrian Camel - On the topic of odd looking camels, I think they bleached this one. Or maybe it's an albino. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to take a pee and coming across this. :O
Gobi 2011 Expedition - Onward march. 200 kms down, only 1,400 kms to go. Here the team of camels and humans have Close Encounters of the Wild-Horse Kind.
Gobi Desert Ger - Is that a satellite dish I see? Who said Mongolia was behind the times?
Gobi Desert Life - The reality of life in the Gobi Desert: a harsh environment and a tough existence. Lauren says that carcasses of various animals are strewn along their path.