In 2003 Tim Cope took off across the Mongolian Steppes in a replay of the travels of Genghis Khan. Cope had taken other rather difficult journeys, with his brother across Siberia on bicycle, for instance – and that’s when he caught sight of the steppes. He’d been an explorer since childhood where he learned at his father’s instruction.
Between 2003 and 2013 he produced an award winning film of the journey. Now finally in 2013 he published a book. I think I’m going to have to be doing some Googling again – lol
After a fine attention getting introduction and a bit of history Cope explains that he would like to find out if there is any remnant of the old nomadic way of life and what the future holds. He wants to get to know nomads first – and so he gets down to business.
Cope’s site is great! http://timcopejourneys.com/page/journeys/on-the-trail-of-genghis-khan/ with maps and info on this and other journeys.
There’s a nice little section on wolves, how they are feared, revered as part of a religious idea and eaten.
One adventure follows another – a bandit tries to steal their horses, humans could be dangerous, too.
Kangai mountains and then plains –
Cope includes quite a lot of history, and environmental science,