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Gobi 2011


The Gobi 2011 Expedition was a non-stop trek across the fifth largest desert in the world (and Asia's largest!) and Powertraveller is proud to have sponsored the team with portable chargers for their amazing journey.

On the 26th May 2011, the expedition team started their 1000miles / 1600km trek across the Mongolian Gobi Desert from Bulgan (a sub district of Khovd Province) to Sainshand (the capital city in Dornogovi province in the East), assisted by as Bactrian Camels.

The team endured dust and sandstorms, torrential thunder and rain, extreme temperature fluctuations, monotony, isolation, blizzards, aggressive camels and injuries.

During the expedition, the team managed to interact with and document with many nomadic and semi-nomadic families, the indigenous lives far removed from our own, who proudly continue their way of life regardless of climate change and globalisation.

On July 15th 2011, the Gobi 2011 Expedition successfully concluded with seven team members reaching the 1000-mile mark after 51 days, 11 hours and 40 minutes. The expedition demonstrated perfectly the significance of goal setting, perseverance, self-motivation, teamwork & leadership, overcoming the tricky bits, confidence and ambition. 1000 miles is a tough endeavour.

Ripley Davenport said, "I'm delighted to have completed this tough journey.  I am overwhelmed to see a team of exceptional individuals complete the 1000 miles on their own feet whilst battling with the mental and physical hardships.  I've witnessed them step beyond their confort zone and the simple adventure story."

He continues: "We don't care what anyone says - the powergorilla and solargorilla were an amazing solar powered outdoor necessity that should shoot laser beams. We were satisfied with the performance of the power and solargorilla. They are heavy and hulking but have simple knuckle-busting features we grew to love - robust, easy to use and, we think(but didn't find out!), falling off the camel proof."

* All images courtesy of Emmanuel Berthier