Sunday, July 30, 2006

Headin' Home

I am on my way home! Looking forward to seeing everyone soon.


Saturday, July 29, 2006

Sacred Mountain

Last night we finally made the trek up to the top of Ulzit Uhl, the sacred mountain. It's more of a sacred grassy knoll than a mountain, but nevertheless, it the highest point around. We drank a sacred beer and watched the sun go down over the desert.


My buddy James, took this amazing photo. One of those once-in-a-life time perfect pictures in my opinion.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

New Ger

This is my new pad, under assembly.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Mongolian Pit Bull

This vicious breed has been used since the time of Genghis Kahn for bear-hunting, pit fighting and gladiatorial contests. Its diminutive size lures its prey in a false sense of security before it strikes.

Sunday, July 16, 2006


This is Terje National park, about 1 hour north of UB. You can probably guess what I am thinking...

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Never wrestle a Mongolian

Mongolian Wrestling

You will will lose badly.

Friday, July 14, 2006


The handsome young fellow in this picture turns 70 today. Happy Birthday Dad!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Nadam movie 1

Nadam movie 1

Ogna wins his bout

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Nadam is the biggest holiday and festival in Mongolia. This year the celebration is especially big because it is also the 800th anniversary of the Mongolian state. Nadam celebrates the “three manly sports”: archery, horse racing and wrestling. Archery is actually participated in by men and women, and children race the horses. Wrestling, however, does seem to be a manly endeavor. For three day the country shuts down for the games, ceremonies and parties.

For those of us unfortunate enough to get stuck in camp, we had a wrestling tournament. I wrestled in the first round for about ten seconds before being introduced to the ground (video to follow).

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Dog and Hog

Camp dog molesting a family of hedgehogs.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Disco, Hour 1
Disco, hour 2

Saturday, July 08, 2006

The crappiest bicycle in central Asia

This wonder of Chinese engineering is two months old and had less than 100 km on it. I have trashed a bike or two in my time, but I have never seen one of such poor quality that it actually falls apart on its own.

Although myself and the other Canadians have given up on these death-traps entirely, the locals have discovered bicycling for the first time. In the beginning they would look at us strangely when we took the bikes out in the evening. Now the bicycles are hugely popular. All night long people ride around the compound in circles. The security guard uses a bike for his rounds. They are the vehicle of choice for getting from one side of camp to the other. I only wish we could bring some real bikes over so that the Mongolians could enjoy some little luxuries like breaks and seats…

Friday, July 07, 2006

Ger and Sky

I apologize for the lack of posts lately, it just that nothing interesting has happened in a while. For lack of anything more exciting, here is picture of my ger after a rainstorm we had the other day. Ger's don't smell so good after the felt get soaked. Sort of a cross between wet-dog and gym socks.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


It hit 43 degrees C here today. Ger's should have AC...

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Canada Day

Canada Day in Mongolia was pretty low key. The number of people that knew the anthem was fairly limited and there are no gas stations around from which to buy fireworks.

We drank a toast to Canada with Airag, the local beverage made from fermented Mare’s milk. Airag is supposed to be good for the stomach. If by that they mean it can by used to induce vomiting, then yes, it is good for the stomach.

I hope everyone at home enjoyed your cold beers, BBQ’s, swims in the lake etc… Not that I feeling sorry for myself or anything…