What is the Mongol Rally?
The Mongol Rally is an driving adventure that starts in London, England and ends in Ulan-Ude Russia, passing through Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. The journey must be undertaken in a small, underpowered and quite frankly unfit vehicle for the journey. There is no support or set routes and teams are completely on their own; utterly dependant on their own wits to see them through. The event itself is overseen by a organisation that manages the teams, plans the start/end parties and cleans up after the less scrupulous teams.
What is or who are Don’t Smell My Shoes?
Don’t Smell My Shoes is a Mongol Rally team with a unique climbing theme and a stinking great name. The team consists of Danny, Oli and Adam. People with a love for climbing, bouldering and generally doing things that are dangerous and/or poorly conceived. We will be undertaking the Mongol Rally the summer of 2018 in our valiant steed, the Nissan Micra. As we are all fans of climbing we will be modifying our car with climbing hand holds and rope for that extra special flair. (Warning: Do not climb on car while in transit).
Why are we doing this?
As a Mongol Rally team we are tasked with raising £1000 in charitable donations, £500 will go to the Mongol Rally’s designated charity Cool Earth. Cool Earth are dedicated to Rainforest Conservation and do this by placing power in the hands of the people who live there. The other £500 will be going towards these charities.
- Macmillan Cancer Support offer a much needed helping hand to those who have been diagnosed with Cancer, and their families. Macmillan’s ambition is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer and to inspire millions of others to do the same.
- The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust educates young people on the importance of staying mentally well and how to do so, as well as train teachers, doctors, employers and university staff to recognise when someone might be in trouble and offer vital first-line support.
It’s the journey of a lifetime
Who can honestly say that they wouldn’t want the bragging rights to having driven 10,000 miles from London to Mongolia? What will we see? Who will we meet? How much trouble will we get into? We can’t say for sure and that’s why we are going.