An adventure about accomplishing something that seems impossible. 580 kilometres through icy deserts and mountains that are incredibly beautiful, but where you can also lose yourself. It will be another extremely exhausting venture for Hardy. Is it possible to escape this unbelievably wild region...?
As some have probably noticed, I didn't make it to Ölgii, the starting point of my expedition. What a crazy time. Now it is time to get rid of the 12 kilos that I put on for the project, to find my peace and to reassess the project. In the coming months I built in two small projects to fill the gaps. One in the High Tatras in Poland and one in Slovenia. In autumn it will be time for a new preparation for Connected 2023. Many thanks to all my partners for standing by my side despite this difficult time of planning.
Stay wild, sassy and wonderful 💪
A quick update on "Connected" 12th January 2021
At the moment we are trying to get a special permit.
It will be very difficult and I hope it works. The chance is in the single-digit percentage range, but better than nothing. My training is going very well. I've gained over ten kilos of power and I'm more than ready for it physically and mentally.
I still had the opportunity to improve something on the devices. Let's see if I can finally get to my starting point at the end of February.
It's time to get this project done, I'm not getting any younger;-)
5. March 20; Ok, since tonight I know that my project cannot be carried out this year! The reason is the restricted provisions in Mongolia due to COVID-19 and no special permit (thanks anyway to the embassy in Vienna and the Ministry of Transport in Ulanbataar for your efforts). I can't postpone my departure any further. Spring is also slowly beginning in western Mongolia, it is getting too warm and I am running out of time.
I'm tired of the situation now, but make the best of it. Next try 2021, always pursue your goals and stay tuned 💪
As with everything in my life, my children are also involved in my projects. They rewrote my baking list the way they would like to travel. I'm not sure, but I think a few parts are missing now that I need for my trip.
#3 “THE INVISIBLE DANGER" - Of course I watch the developments in the region, be it a marmot plague or rabies.
My favourite doctor and friend Dr. Walter Titze has consulted me in the best possible way.
Since I am basically not vaccinated against anything, it is not easy for me to endure it. There is a high population of snow leopards in this region. If someone kisses me with rabies, I'm definitely dead.
So this vaccination is the only option for me.
My problem is that I will have been traveling for a long time when the rabies can break out in the middle of no man’s land with no access to fast medical support.
#2 TRAINING - Mental strength and endurance are the most important points to be fit to go further.
Bringing both under one roof is not easy next to work and family.
Endurance training and simultaneously gaining more than ten kilos of body weight is a challenging task.
As far as the mental aspect is concerned, I try to stay 100 percent focused, which is sometimes not easy with my four lovely children around me.
As soon as doubts arise, failure is pre-programmed.
#1 THE SLEDGE - This shape was designed by Paul Koller for his Greenland expetition "Spuren im Eis“, which he successfully completed in 2006 after a relentless 600 kilometers.
In 2008 it became my best companion on my first project "Solo in Siberia" 1080 kilometers at the Baikal in Buriatia Siberia.
In 2010, it accompanied me for 500 kilometers on the OB south of Novosibirsk in Siberia.
Now I have optimized it again for my new project "connected".
A new flash Airtex cover. Poles and insulation to use as biwak if I lose my tent in blizzards. As well as a solar panel bracket. (length: 182cm, width: 82cm, weight: 17kg)
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