Kiting Across Mongolia’s Gobi Desert


Brother and sister team Eric and Sarah McNair Landry are 30 days into an epic expedition that has them kiting across the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. Dubbed the Pittarak Expedition, the plan is to go from Altay in Western Mongolia, and head east to Saynshand.

I’m a bit late in joining this expedition, but they have been posting updates to their blog for the past month, and now roughly three days from reaching their goal. Eric and Sarah have been using three wheeled buggies and large kites to catch the wind and pull them across the open expanses of the Gobi. Of course, the siblings have honed those skills with a lot of time spent in the Arctic, where they have extensive experience, even at the ages of 22 and 20.

In their most recent blog update, they note that they have covered roughly 40km each of the past few days, and with just three days to go until they wrap up the journey, they still have to cover 130km to reach Saynshand. In that same entry, they report that spirits are low, and they are in desperate need of good winds to help them along, but so far they are being buffeted with headwinds instead. Without wind, they are dragging their buggies, and gear behind them, and making slow progress to say the least.

Lets hope they get the wind they need. Sounds like they are a bit low on supplies and are desperately in need of getting to the finish line. Seems like a cool expedition, and I’m bummed that I haven’t been following it more closely. Better late than never though, right? 🙂

Thanks to ExWeb for the story on this.

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5 thoughts on “Kiting Across Mongolia’s Gobi Desert”

  1. This is such a cool post. I never knew about the brother-sister team and the kiting across desert. I love the idea of using the wind to move the buggies. And we have another desert adventure story!! Thanks a bunch for all this wonderful info. It's also great to know that people do other things than sitting watching TV.

  2. Cool adventure huh? What a great, and completely different, way to see the Gobi. Lets hope the winds turn and come to their aid. It sounds like it's going to be a very tough few days for them.

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