Climbing to new heights with Klifbox

Say hello to our new sponsor. Klifbox!

Klifbox have an amazing service where you subscribe to receive a climbing related box of surprise goodies every 2 months. Klifbox was set up by the folks over at I love climbing, so go say hi to meet like minded climbers and other nutjobs like us.

 

 

They’ve kindly agreed to send us some of their boxes so we can test them out while we are on the mongol rally and who knows what we’ll find inside? Chalk? Carabiners? Helmets? Scorpions?

The possibilities are endless and exciting and we can’t wait to dig in and find out what lovely climbing surprises are in our boxes.

Check Klifbox here out or see their twitter.

What’s been happening?!

Been a while…

Well… lots has been happening! We will begin increasing our blog posts as things start to heat up and more things happen as we get closer to kick off. For the most part it’s been behind the scenes planning and organising but there have been some chunky updates which we will get to.

Visas!

We all received our Russian visas without any problems and sent off for our Uzbekistan ones straight away. The process was fairly painless but a bit convoluted in places. I won’t go into too much detail as there are plenty of blogs/information sites out there (which came in very handy), but the information on the embassy website was more than enough to get it sorted.

We’ve now had it confirmed out Uzbek visas are on the way, we will then be applying for the next and last difficult visa to obtain – Mongolia! Like the Russian visa we will need to go into London to apply for it, but if it goes like the Russian one did it shouldn’t be a problem. Then it’s the final few e-visas which are all painless and can be done just before we set off, although we’ll probably do them sooner rather than later just in case!

Our steed!

We have been making a lot of upgrades to our little Micra including adding the climbing holds sent to us by one of our sponsors Serious Climbing

We have also attached the spare tyres to the roof rack and worked out where we are going to put out trusty mascot Edgar the Eagle! More pics to come of the car development.

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Sponsorship

We are very excited to partner up with Klifbox, a bimonthly subscription package created by the organisation I love Climbing which provides high quality gear for all levels of climber in crazy box bundle every couple of months. They have provided us with a load of this gear which we are excited to start using as soon as it gets here!

We’ll be firing out more updates as they come with a load more pictures, watch this space!

The boys x

Racking it up!

After what feels like an eternity the roof rack is finally complete. We poured blood (literally) sweat and tears into it. Many thanks to the expert knowledge of our resident metal worker Oli. I’m sure Adam will be up on that roof many more times on this journey, hopefully a bit less slippy next time though!

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Heres hoping it will serve us well on our trip.

 

The Beast from the East

With the country under attack from the dreaded white stuff outside, thought it would be a good time for a Rally update.

Dan and adam

While my comrades are resortingto skis and snowboards just to get milk and bread, I’ve been stuck inside trying to catch up on Visas…

With a ton of countries in between us and Mongolia, many of them needing to know the first car your Fathers Uncles Best Friend bought, the paperwork has been piling up. Although it personally helped having a new passport as it meant I didn’t have to tell Russia every country I had been to in the last 10 years!

Mongal Car

At least our great stallion is in good shape, as you may have seen from our previous post (Danny going mega hulk on the car). Our first sponsor (Serious Climbing) has even promised us 60 climbing holds for our great steed. That way, if its gets too stuffy inside the car, we can just practice our crimps on the roof.

If anyone has any ideas to make our trip just that bit more crazy, then don’t be scared to message us, we are open to anything. A friend has already suggested bringing marker pens to allow the locals the chance to leave a message on our little old car.

And as always, we are still looking for donations to our fantastic charities that we are supporting on our race. So please contribute anything you can below:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=Dontsmellmyshoes&pageUrl=1

Our next update will be our treks to London to negotiate our way into these countries no-one has ever heard of. Madeupistan embassy here we come!