FAQ Answers: How will you be getting around?
This is one of the aspects I hope to get some input on, but for right now, I plan on attempting to accomplish as much of the trip as possible via horseback. There are several reasons for this, but my two biggest concerns with transportation are reliability/continuity and approachability.
Horses are more reliable:
A breakdown of a car or motorcycle could leave me stranded for weeks while I await the proper replacement parts, but injury of a horse can be remedied fairly easily via purchase of a new horse. Also, with some injuries, a day or two of rest and recovery at a nomad’s ger would solve the problem. With a vehicle, no amount of “resting” will make it repair itself.
Nomads understand and respect travelers on horseback:
As for approachability, I want to make sure that the people I come across in the course of my expedition view me as an outsider as little as possible. By approaching them on horseback, I am, in effect, approaching them on a level that they can understand, and thus they will (hopefully) be more likely to open up to me than if I arrived in a jeep like some rich kid. Nomads have a deep understanding and respect for horseback travelers and will thus be more likely to have a respect for me and see me as similar to them. This should, in theory, help them open up to me and the camera.
[Photo by Karina Moreton]