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Mongolia

The love of labourers

One of the real privileges of journeying through less travelled parts of the world is the extraordinary hospitality that one encounters.

Tuesday, 17 April, 2012, 12:00am

Leon gets his shot

For the past five months, I have been walking home from Hong Kong to Mongolia with a young, professional adventure cameraman, Leon McCarron, who is filming the journey for a National Geographic television programme.

In this week's column, I ask Leon a few questions about his experiences during this gruelling journey through China.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

May the quest man win

From time to time, I get an e-mail from a young person asking me for advice on how to become a professional adventurer. Certainly, making a living from doing adventures seems pretty appealing.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Because you asked for it

People who learn that I'm walking 5,000 kilometres from Mongolia to Hong Kong always have plenty to ask me. Here are the five most common questions.

1. Why go on these madcap adventures?

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

What's missing in action

I have now been walking home from Mongolia for more than 90 days. In that time, Leon McCarron - my partner on this expedition - and I have been awed by the beauty and power of nature, humbled by the kindness of strangers, and thrilled by the fun of exploring ancient lands. At the same time, we've regularly been cold, hungry, afraid, angry, alone and, most of all, exhausted.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Above and beyond the wall

For the last week or so of our 5,000-kilometre Walking Home From Mongolia adventure, my expedition partner Leon McCarron and I have been following the Great Wall of China westwards along the ridges and valleys of northern Shanxi.

31 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

How I get through times of trouble

On any adventure you should always expect the unexpected so that you're not taken by surprise when the going gets tough - and failure becomes a possibility.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Can friendship go the distance?

Leon McCarron - my expedition partner and cameraman on this 5,000-kilometre trek home, which began in Mongolia about two months ago - is a softly spoken, tall, lanky, Northern Irishman in his mid-20s.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

In the footsteps of giants

After 12 days of walking south through the Gobi Desert, a week ago we arrived at the ramshackle Mongolian border town of Zamyn Uud. We looked and smelled like we had just walked across a desert.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

The tough times make me feel alive

In a few days I will fly to Mongolia, to walk 5,000 kilometres back to Hong Kong, through a very cold and wintery China. One of the most frequent questions I am asked about this expedition is why.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

A load of logistics

I'm usually the sort of person who goes on holiday without even knowing where I might be staying on my first night (before I got married, at least). However, for my 5,000-kilometre winter walk from Mongolia to Hong Kong, in addition to getting physically fit, there have been all sorts of other bits of planning.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Mongolia mulls HK sale of rail stake

Mongolia is considering a Hong Kong flotation of up to 49 per cent of Mongolia Railways, the nation's new rail-building firm, to help finance a US$5 billion expansion programme.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Wanders never cease

The other evening at around 5pm I left home and set off from my village towards Sunset Peak.

I had loaded up my newly custom-moulded Osprey rucksack with five two-litre bottles of water and an old tent, bringing its weight to over 15kg. I carried my pink iPod in my left hand and a stick for the snakes in my right (I'm terrified of snakes).

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Lai See

Unlikely Mongolia gains safe-haven status amid the market turmoil

There was intriguing advice for investors bloodied by recent events from Dale Choi, the chief investment strategist for Frontier Securities.

10 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Desert skiing and karting for athletes

In many people's minds, the desert is a silent place which contains little or no signs of life. Last Thursday was the closing ceremony of the 11th All China Secondary Schools Students' Games in Inner Mongolia, but Young Post decided not to go shopping and souvenir-buying.

27 Jul 2011 - 12:00am