Ski Expedition Photos: A Preview

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.

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.

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.

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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 landscape.

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.

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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.

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Jason Wilmot, Forrest McCarthy, and expedition photographer Jim Harris follow wolverine tracks in the Tengis River drainage.

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3 thoughts on “Ski Expedition Photos: A Preview

  1. Hello from New York City! The reindeer is beautiful. What a magnificent place. Best of luck finding those exquisite wolverines. You are doing a great service for those amazing creatures. All the best – Nancy

  2. Hi! I’m sorry to contact you out of the blue, but I read about your expedition to Mongolia with much interest, and was wondering if there is a final report available anywhere. Are there any ongoing projects in the area? I am very interested in travelling to the Darhad region and potentially setting some camera traps or hair snares, and any advice on your part would be much appreciated. Thanks very much!

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