Great Rallies of the World: The Mongol Rally

I received an email the other day …

‘Please-get-involved-to-keep-my-brother-and-his-friends-alive

-not-to-mention-the-charity-they-are-supporting’.

Well, that got me listening!

It was from Kate Walker,  on behalf of her brother 24 year old Ross Walker, who is attempting to complete the Mongol Rally.

The route, goes a little like this …

The Mongul Rally

“Well, this is how I think of their rally route looks”, says Kate

and this is what it’s all about.

The Mongol Rally

10,000 miles

3 deserts

5 mountain ranges

 200 teams (3 Australian)

1 charity

Want the full low down about the adventure? Head over here http://www.theadventurists.com/the-adventures/mongol-rally

or take a look at the youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VwacRktz2c

The Mongul Rally

“The rough/real route…apparently. Umm maybe a slight left turn when they reach Iran…” says Kate

Three mates and a lot of miles

Ross, and three of his mates; Angus Souter, Loughlin Gould and Simon Gibbs, otherwise known as the rally group ‘Pandamonium’ are soon to head off on a mad dash across a dozen or so countries ( (a 1/3 of the earth’s surface) all in the name of charity.

I caught up with Ross, who had just pulled a 33 hour working shift to help raise money for the trip. And I asked him, “Why?”Ross Walker is taking part in the Mongul Rally

“Well, we originally wanted to do the tuk tuk race in India but that was full so we opted for this epic one instead! This is our first rally and we are extremely excited. It’s unlike anything I ever imagined I’d do.”

So what is this mad dash all about?

“It’s called – The Mongol Rally: http://mongolrally.theadventurists.com/index.php?mode=adventures and it’s held annually and the charity we’re supporting is called  One Girl: http://www.onegirl.org.au/,” explains Ross.

In a nutshell, ‘Pandamonium’ will:-

•Team up  •Buy a car • Drive to Mongolia  • Cover 10,000 miles • Cross 3 deserts • Traverse 5 mountain ranges • Support 1 charity

Pandamonioum

“Starting in London on the 13th July Ross and his Panda mob aim to hit Ulaanbaatar soil by 24th August (at the latest). How they return from there, well your guess is as good as mine,” says Kate.

But, the weeks in between will see the boys get up to all sorts of shenanigans, meet amazing people, lose their way (occasionally I think) and have to deal with the likes of Russian authorities and of course stay the hell clear of the secret Soviet space launch site in Kazakhstan.

“There are 200 teams this year, only three of which are Australian.  We called ourselves Pandamonium as we were originally driving a fiat panda. Unfortunately we didn’t get one but have ended up with a fiat punto, we figure it’s close enough!” says Ross.

They are in fact purchasing Kate’s, “Fabulous and trusty little London based filly-Fiat! Or the sewing machine on steroids as she’s fondly known!” says Kate.

One Girl

‘Pandamonium’ aim to raise AU$20,000.00 for ‘One Girl’ and they only have a little time left to reach their goal. The boys are working multiple jobs at the moment in order to try and fund their race as well as support ‘One Girl’ and purchase a few essentials to see them make it through in one piece.

“So far they have received $295.00 (about 1.4% of the total) from a couple of lovely ladies and a chap named Peter. But, they need your help too,” says Kate.

If you’re someone who loves to support charities, please visit http://personalchallenge.gofundraise.com.au/page/GouldL

“And if you’re not really one for volunteering money to causes you’re unfamiliar with – please still donate as this is my wee brother’s first epic global adventure and he and his mates need all the help they can get!” says Kate

Updates on website and Facebook

“We will be doing updates anywhere possible along the trip through our website, Facebook and twitter all of which are linked, so you can stay abreast of where we are up to,” says Ross.

If you’d like to stay abreast of their wanderings (once the race starts) then visit: http://mongolrally12.theadventurists.com/index.php?mode=teamwebsites&name=pandamonium4&page=home

 

 

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Comments

  1. Ross says:

    Thanks Jo! This is a wonderful summary of what is to come.
    I like the top picture, its what is in my mind….getting to the actual map makes me jump a little! Look forward to keeping you up to date.
    Cheers, Ross (team pandamonium)

  2. Ha, Ross! I am in deep admiration of the challenge you’re about to take on. Keep looking at the top picture and you’ll be fine :) Looking forward to hearing how it all goes along the way.

  3. Hi Guys, great post, thanks for writing about the Mongol Rally – just so you know, the page you’ve linked to is the sign up page where you can get a place (still just about time to sign up for 2012).

    The main site though for the Mongol Rally for anyone curious is here: http://www.theadventurists.com/the-adventures/mongol-rally

    Plus there’s a great 2 minute intro video showing what lies ahead for the guys on our YouTube channel:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VwacRktz2c

    Cheers
    Dan
    Mongol Rally / The Adventurists

  4. Thanks Dan. I’ve added the YouTube link and the link to the main site – thanks for that :) Wow, it looks an amazing experience from the video :)

  5. Jenny Buzer says:

    Loved the video!

  6. It was fantastic wasn’t it! Made me want to be part of it all … looks like they have so much fun and so many laughs (I expect they hide the hardships) !

  7. Another adventure I’d love to do. The list gets bigger.
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  8. Go for it Tracey! The video makes it look amazing, and sometimes wacky fun :) I’m sure there’s a few spills and adrenalin thrills in the mix too!

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