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What’s New in Mongolia

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Maybe you haven’t thought about Mongolia lately, but we’ve been keeping track of the news from the steppes.

Sunrise over a Mongolian ger camp. Photo: David Chang

Sunrise over a traditional Mongolian ger camp. Photo: David Chang

 

  • Nomadic herders are embracing solar energy for their ger tents, helping in the fight against climate change.
  • British adventurer Ripley Davenport will walk 1700 miles across Mongolia, from east to west, starting in April 2010. His expedition will be the longest solo and unassisted walk ever attempted and will raise funds for UNICEF’s children’s programs.
  • Made in Mongolia, a line of handmade felt clothing, accessories, toys, and housewares, has launched  and grown with the assistance of the Irish government. MIM aims to allow Mongolian women and their communities greater self-sufficiency while preserving traditional crafting skills.

 

What intrigues you about Mongolia?

Photo: Traditional Mongolian Ger

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
Photo: Global Adrenaline

Photo: Nomadic Expeditions

Mongolia is the most sparsely populated independent nation in the world. While almost 40% of Mongolians live in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital, a more traditional way of life is also practiced there. The ger, above, is a portable, felt-covered dwelling that has been used for more than 2,500 years by nomads on the steppes of Mongolia. Gers are very useful to the nomads for their ease of portability. The door of the ger typically faces south to let in the most light and prevents the northerly winds from entering inside.

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