Mea culpa, I have been unforgivably remiss in assembling any sort of account of our spring ski expedition through the mountains around the Darhad. The other day I was sorting through photos as I put together an article for NRCC’s newsletter, and was reminded that even if I lack words, I have images. Here’s a quick selection, a preview of things (hopefully) to come. Enjoy.
Forrest McCarthy, of Winter Wildlands, and Jason Wilmot, scientific adviser to the Mongolian Wolverine Project, admire a wolverine scat sample on the first day of the expedition.
Yaks laden with gers and other possessions coming down from Jarai Pass during the annual migration over the mountains between Lake Hovsgol and the Darhad Valley.
Forrest McCarthy skis across Utrag Pass.
Ovoo at Utrag Pass. Ovoos mark places of power on the landscape, and travelers should stop and circle the monument three times to show respect to the mountains.
Jason Wilmot and the rest of the expedition share mutual curiosity with a herd of domestic reindeer turned loose in the mountains for the winter. Salt-deprived reindeer tend to be very friendly, since it affords them an opportunity to lick human hands, clothes, and – if they can manage it – faces.
Jason Wilmot, Forrest McCarthy, and expedition photographer Jim Harris follow wolverine tracks in the Tengis River drainage.