From Sweden to Mongolia, the tale of 6 men, growing up.
July 14th 2013, we set out on a journey of a life time, driving two piece of shit cars (engine capacity of max 1.2) from Sweden via Czech Rep. to Mongolia. We're doing this for charity, and with the hopes that it will give us some hair on our chests ... at last.
We're 6 friends who are standing with one leg in the I-still-think-I'm-a-teenager world, and the other in the adult world. We've all realised that it's time to take that big step into adulthood, but before we do, we want to go out with a bang. A huge fscking bang (Yes, File System Check Bang, what did you think we meant?), and document all the crazy insane shit we will do since this is indeed, our last journey as non adults.
During the trip, we will document everything, in pictures, videos, comic drawings and texts, which will all be shared with the world in order to help make it a little less big, a little less scary and a whole lot more fun.
We're cartoonists, writers, photographers and coders, so the things we'll make for the audience to enjoy during the trip will be endless, priceless and most probably funny as hell :)
Sweden > Denmark > Germany > Czech Rep > Germany > Austria > Slovenia > Croatia > Serbia > Bulgaria > Turkey > Georgia > Azerbaijan > Turkmenistan > Uzbekistan > Kazakhstan > Russia > Mongolia.
Pretty amazing trip, don't you agree?
Lets help each other, shall we?
In order to do this, we need help, yes. That's why you are reading this right now.
The break down of costs? I'm glad you asked, here's the list of the things we need help with, it's somewhere around the amazingly high number of $18,500.
- Visas for the 6 members: $2,000
- Gas allowance: $2,000
- Equipment for survival on the road for 40 days: $1,500
- Food allowance 6 people: $1,000
- 2 piece of shit cars, fully equiped: ~$12,000
Everything left over from this indiegogo-fund-raising (if we can get cheaper cars and stuff like that), will be donated to our charity of choice, SOS Children’s Villages, and we'll do our best to keep the cost down so that as much money as possible will end up helping the children.
For helping us, you can get pretty sweet deals if you ask me (you asked me, right?). Take a peek to the right, and choose the funding option that suits you, and most importantly, your wallet. Don't over-do it, we still have love for you even if you don't feel like giving us a bone, at least you will help spread the word about what we're doing to all your friends instead.
More info about the rally?
- Approx 12,000km depending on the route
- From Sweden to Ulan Bator (Mongolia)
- 300+ teams – no official price given to first comers to Ulan Bator
- Partially challenging or even no roads
- To make it even harder no fancy cars are allowed – max 1.2 litre engines. 4×4 are an absolute NO and other equipment such as an GPS’ shouldn’t be used – this means paper maps only or navigation by the stars
- Teams enjoy complete freedom to pick their own route
- It starts on Saturday the 13th July 2013 – we need to get the the finish within 3 1/2 weeks or we miss our flights back…
The Mongol Rally is 12,000 km of messy, euphoric, adrenaline-filled adventure. The goal is to get your car from Europe to Ulaanbaatar in a month, then auction your car off to charity.
Raising Money for Charity
Epic adventure is not the only draw with with Mongol Rally. Raising money for charity is a HUGE part of the rally. Each team is required to raise at least 1,000 GBP for charity before the rally. 500 GBP will go towards the rally’s charity, Cool Earth and the rest goes to a charity chosen by the team, in our case the SOS Children’s Villages.
What about the car?
Choosing a car for the rally is a challenge and hopefully a lot of fun as well. There are a couple of restrictions for the rally. The car has to have an engine size of 1.2 litres or less, the car must be registered after 2004, and taking a 4×4 or large vehicle is considered being a pansy.
“10,000 miles of adventuring bliss through deserts, mountains and steppe tackled in a car your Granny would use for shopping. The Mongol Rally is hurling yourself at one-third of the Earth’s surface in woefully unsuitable vehicles to see what happens…”
-Mongol Rally HQ
Things that mongol rally might give us:
- The chance to get stuck, lost and full of tales of adventure
- A few bucket loads of good karma
- A cuddly toy (actually that’s a lie)
That's it people, I hope you can find it in your hearts to help us out making this happen.
And for the love of Cthulhu, share this page to everyone you know! Let's make history together!!