Naadam In Seattle

16.07.2010 in Culture

Every July 10th/11th Mongolians celebrate Naadam, a Mongolian Olympics of sorts.  Naadam is a celebration of the 3 “manly” sports and the military traditions they represent: archery, horseback racing, and wrestling. Tom, Jean and I were joined by some friends out in Redmond’s Farrel McWhirter…

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Car Wrap Up

13.07.2010 in Uncategorized

The first of our two cars came back from the design company with the F5 logo wrap.  The 2nd car is in progress and when Tom and I arrive we’ll be applying the rest of our decals next week.  It already looks faster!

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13.07.2010 in Uncategorized

F5 just published this press release to announce their support for Baatar Hero.  We cannot overstate how helpful everybody at F5 has been in making our rally dreams a reality, and helping us raise a massive amount for Mercy Corps! F5 Supports Mercy Corps and…

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Passport In Hand

12.07.2010 in Uncategorized

All of our passports came back from the visa agency finally! Just in time for Tom and I to leave on Saturday. Picked up my IDP last week too.  Beautiful aren’t they? Totally ready for some multi-continental motoring adventure!

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Muugi Wins Plane Tickets!

10.07.2010 in Uncategorized

Baatar_Hero_F5_and_Muggi_01 Originally uploaded by autarken We are posting live from our final departure party before we all leave Seattle in the coming weeks. F5 Networks very generously provided two free round trip plane tickets from the US to Europe and we just held a drawing…

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Random Acts Of Kindness

09.07.2010 in Uncategorized

Random Acts Of Kindness Originally uploaded by autarken We are at a happy hour right now with fellow rally team Just A Steppe Away celebrating before we all leave and this super nice patron of the bar, Joan, just took an interest in our rally…

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The TerraPass Footprint

08.07.2010 in Uncategorized

Baatar Hero was just featured on TerraPass’ blog, The TerraPass Footprint! The write up explains a little bit about the Mongol Rally and details the multi-facted approach we are taking to reducing our impact, including carbon offsets, solar power, UV water purification, and sporting Keen‘s…

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Two New Sponsors

06.07.2010 in Uncategorized

We’re excited to add SatellitePhoneStore.com and Keen Footwear to our growing list of sponsors! When we are in the middle of nowhere we will be using a BGAN satellite terminal from SatellitePhoneStore.com to update our blog with exciting content.   This means you can follow our…

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We’re Rich!

02.07.2010 in Culture

tugrik Originally uploaded by autarken Well, rich in our friends and experiences that is. We’ve been lucky enough to befriend a former rallier, Chatham, from last year’s rally who lives in Seattle, and he kindly donated some of his Mongolian tugrik to us… then Joe…

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Mercy Corps Mongolia Update

13.06.2010 in Uncategorized

A big thanks to the Mercy Corps Seattle office and Dominic Graham, Mercy Corps’ country director for Mongolia, for inviting the team to a wrap-up meeting regarding their work in Mongolia.  Oidov Vaanchig, project officer for Mercy Corps (MC) in Mongolia, put on a great…

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The First 1,000 Miles

04.06.2010 in Uncategorized

It’s taken a few days to recover from the jet lag, but I am happy to say Baatar Hero has cars! After driving over 1,000 miles in 3 days to pick these sweet rides up in Manchester and deliver them to F5‘s office near London,…

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