Kraig Becker

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Todd
Todd Hi Everyone. A lot of people have joined this trip so far, so it would be great to hear what you're all thinking. Lauren and I are very serious about joining. Does this type of expedition interest you? How serious are you about joining it? Any questions for Ripley that you think we may all benefit from? Are you a first-time adventurer or experienced? Personally, I love having the opportunity to join a real desert expedition and I've always wanted to visit Mongolia. This sounds like a great trip from a physical, cultural and mental standpoint.
Kraig Becker
Kraig Becker I'd love to do an expedition like this one, and I know this will be fantastic. The only thing standing in my way is the considerable time commitment. Otherwise, I'd be signed up, provided Ripley would have me. I am a semi-experienced adventure traveler. I've been to some amazing, remote places, but nothing on the level of this journey. I agree, this is going to be a great trip for a lot of different reasons.
4 years ago
xistinchaos
xistinchaos I am seriously contemplating joining the expedition. I have always wanted to visit Mongolia and this seems to be the best way to do it..a really immersive experience. I am in touch with Ripley re. the fitness regime that I can start with to ensure that I am fit in time for the kick off in May. My question also revolve around the list of items to bring, esp desert clothing. I look to this trip to help me realize my true mental and physical potentials.
4 years ago
Todd
Todd @Kraig - yes, 60 days is quite a while, especially with a blog like yours. I asked Ripley about Internet access in an earlier comment, but if I found out anything else, I'll let you know. @Xistinchaos - great to hear. I've been training too, up and down Mont Royal, I think I need a wheel chair to get around today. @Ripley - xistinchaos raises a good point about clothing. Any chance we can get that info now to determine total costs? I'm actually hiking in Peru in 4 weeks and need to buy new shoes, so it would be good to kill two birds with one stone. I have big Scarpa boots at home, but suspect their weight will be a burden on such a long trek.
4 years ago
Kraig Becker
Kraig Becker Internet access is obviously do-able with modern tech, although carrying gear with you to write and reach back to the world is a challenge. In regards to boots, you definitely don't want to skimp. You'll want something to hold up to the grind, and most importantly protect your feet for the long haul, but in the desert environment they'll still need to breathe and be fairly lightweight. That's a tricky bit of kit to come across sometimes.
4 years ago
ripleydavenport

ripleydavenport Clothing. Having used RailRiders clothing in Mongolia, and they take some beating, I fully recommend RailRiders: www.railriders.com
You need strong, lightweight, breathable clothing but at the same time wind and 100% sunproof. RailRiders are certainly the best in the desert clothing field.

Footwear. Avoid heavy, bulky footwear. You need strong but lightweight. I used standard army desert boots, which worked a treat. Avoid leather upper boots. Go for breathable - Gore-tex - fabric boots. Soft, flexible and good rubber soles. If you have ideas let me know and I will check them over.
You need good footwear. Without good footwear you will suffer in the long run. Take care of your feet and invest wisely.
If I can help in any way - I will.
What am I wearing? Standard light weight army desert boots. Nothing more.

Internet. We will have excellent Internet coverage. In 52 days in Mongolia earlier this year, I never had any problems what-so-ever. I guarantee the coverage is excellent.
We will carry batteries, charged by solar panels, for use for your laptops, netbooks, iPod, MP3, cameras, video gear etc.
Any question...Ask.

Happy to help.

4 years ago
ripleydavenport
ripleydavenport Take your training easy...Build up slowly. You should be looking a doing a good 30 to 40km a day with small light backpacks (5kg range). The camels will be working for you! I can provide a good training program. Take it easy. No wheelchairs just yet!!!
4 years ago
Todd
Todd Sounds like I need new boots. Current ones are leather upper, stiff, gore-tex... more for cold climates. I just found this link (is that what you're talking about Ripley?): http://www.uspatriottactical.com/military-boots-footwear/desert-boots.html. P.S. The hard training is more for Peru. Just found out yesterday we'll be trekking to 4,500m+ in about 4 weeks. But will certainly take it easy for a while after that.
4 years ago
ripleydavenport
ripleydavenport Type your comment here... to high. You'll spend a good part of the day putting the on and taking them off. Ankle height or just over. Blackhawks, Kyhber, Belleville, Altama kind of thing.
4 years ago
ripleydavenport
ripleydavenport Those interested, please send an email to: mail@ripleydavenport.com Full details and itinerary are ready!
Kraig Becker
Kraig Becker The new expedition looks amazing Ripley. You sure enjoy Mongolia and the Gobi! :)
4 years ago
Todd
Todd Thanks for dropping by Kraig (from http://theadventureblog.blogspot.com/). What are the chances of you joining the Gobi trip too? :) Lauren and I are currently reading through the material, juggling our other commitments, and look forward to having a chat with Ripley for more info.
4 years ago
Kraig Becker
Kraig Becker I'd love to go! It's going to be amazing I'm sure. 60 days is quite a commitment though. May be tough to for me to swing that.
4 years ago
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