The Route

The Route

10,000 MILES | 20 COUNTRIES

 

The Mongol Rally thunders 10,000 miles across the mountains, desert and steppe of Europe and Asia each summer. There is no set route, no support and no GPS. Just your wits and the clothes you brought with you.

Is it this way...?

Is it this way...?

 

The Philosophy of Un-route

The Adventurists (the organizers of the Mongol Rally) believe the world is far too safe and organised, that we’ve come to live in ever decreasing circles of freedom. Fear of litigation, greed and a spineless refusal to take responsibility for ourselves have robbed us of one of the most interesting things in life: the unexpected.

The un-route rails against this. It forces you to be lost, to not know what’s around the next corner, to embrace the unknown.

It’s brilliantly simple. Competitors are given a start point and a finish point but where they go or what they do in between is entirely their own steaming bag of adventuring magic. Spending too long planning the route or poring over useful maps or guidebooks is not recommended. Find out what’s there on arrival. Unleash the unexpected.

In the past teams have travelled as far south as Iran and Pakistan.  Others have ventured into the Arctic Circle. Why not break the mould and go via the Congo or the North Pole?

 

Or this way...?

Or this way...?

 

Jamie's Route

 

Jamie is taking the Southern route via Azerbaijan, through the Himalayas via the M41 Pamir Highway (one of the highest roads in the world) and on through to Mongolia. Here is a map of Jamie's route:

 

Driving 1/3 of the World

Driving 1/3 of the World

The Car

The Car

SUZUKI JIMNY

75,000 MILES - 15 YEARS OLD - 4X4

(And yes, I might've gone slightly over budget...and fallen in love)

This is the vehicle that is going to make or break my journey. Bought from the lovely Mark for just over the traditional budget, and with £100 knocked off the asking price and kindly donated to charity, Jamie feels that this is a positive start to the journey. 

 

AND NOW, A SENSIBLE REVIEW FROM RICHARD HAMMOND

Courtesy of Men and Motors

About Us

About Us

THE TEAM:

 

IT WAS MEANT TO BE TWO BROTHERS DRIVING 10,000 MILES THROUGH TWENTY COUNTRIES ON AN EPIC ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME.

UNTIL ONE OF THE TWO TEAM MEMBERS DROPPED OUT BEFORE WE'D EVEN REACHED THE START-LINE...

 

JAMIE - 25

Jamie knows nothing about cars other than how to crash them. He has successfully crashed several cars and motorbikes around the UK and Europe, and hopes to continue this record across the Asian steppe. 

WILL  - 21

Sadly, Will has dropped out of the race, because of some once in a lifetime job opportunity or something. We are terribly sad to see him go, as he was the sensible member of the team..


 

A JOURNEY INTO THE UNKNOWN

(OR THE 'ALMOST UNKNOWN'....)

Since his betrayal, Jamie is now forced to attempt this journey solo.

He has no previous mechanical knowledge, other than how to put a Lego set together. He views vehicles purely in terms of the speed that they can go and how cool they can make him look.

If you're the kind of person who thinks Jeremy Clarkson is the most stupid person on Earth, you obviously haven't met Jamie. 

He is, in other words, a moron. 

The moron...

The moron...

 

Please help him on what could very well be his final journey....