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DanMilner DanMilner's article
Aug 14, 2014 at 23:51
Aug 14, 2014
Video: Afghanistan With Matt Hunter And Dan Milner
Much as I'd have like to donate it to a local out there, I did get it back. Everywhere we went people wanted to try our bikes. In the furthest out part of the trip we were among people who'd never been on or seen a bike in the flesh before, and kids had not even held a wheel in their hands (wheels that far out are useless for locals). It was great to have them try bike riding and us to ride their horses and yaks. There was a LOT of laughter on both sides. Laughter is a great way to break boundaries. After that we drank tea together and we tried to ingest their rancid, sour Yak milk yoghurt....
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Aug 14, 2014 at 23:47
Aug 14, 2014
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Jul 24, 2014 at 4:35
Jul 24, 2014
Video: Afghanistan With Matt Hunter And Dan Milner
Having us spend dollars locally, employ a team of 6 Afghans for 12 days, plus jeep drivers and produce shop owners is an enormous help for local families in such areas. The Wakhan is incredibly poor, with little but nomadic sheep herding for income. Our trip helped break down barriers between "us and them", they laughed at us trying to ride their horses, we cheered at them trying our bikes. There was immense respect from both sides. The Wakhan people are some of the most friendly I have ever encountered. Tourism can grow here. Money can help build schools (like the Central Asia Institute ones we passed on the drive in) that can help promote peace through education. It all starts with an exchange of experiences like this.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Jul 24, 2014 at 4:30
Jul 24, 2014
Video: Afghanistan With Matt Hunter And Dan Milner
Do it. They have a crazy trip to Ethiopia going this autumn, and who knows our paths may cross there...!
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Jul 24, 2014 at 4:30
Jul 24, 2014
Video: Afghanistan With Matt Hunter And Dan Milner
Nope I mean George Mallory. He tried to climb Everest in 1924 during the British Everest expedition. He didn't make it to the summit (and died in the attempt). But when asked beforehand why he was going to try to climb Everest he reportedly replied "because it's there!". Its perhaps the most infamous mountaineering quote ever. Hillary, along with Tensing Norgay, successfully made the 1st ascent of Everest 30 years later. His quote has been shared as reason enough by 9/10 adventurers since I reckon!
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Jul 24, 2014 at 2:20
Jul 24, 2014
Video: Afghanistan With Matt Hunter And Dan Milner
Would have loved to meet that local, but am probably happy to say I'm glad I wasn't anywhere near your posting. He probably rides better than me.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Jul 23, 2014 at 23:42
Jul 23, 2014
Video: Afghanistan With Matt Hunter And Dan Milner
I always liked that reference to photography, especially having been a pro photographer for the last 15 years or more. Yep I am way too lippy, but if its pics you want (That hopefully really capture what we were doing there) then check the amazing flipbook gallery of images here: tinyurl.com/kg8fbcm . The trip was primarily for Bikemag. The story ran 16 pages in that mag late last year, plus appeared in MBUK, Bike Germany, SoloBici, Terringsykkel, enduromtb.com and more.. so hopefully you caught the pics and words there somewhere.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Jul 23, 2014 at 12:52
Jul 23, 2014
Video: Afghanistan With Matt Hunter And Dan Milner
Sign up for the next one at www.now-where-did-I-leave-my-commonsense.com Your login is: damn why did I think this was a good idea? and the password is: the descent on the other side better be worth it. Actually companies like Secretcompass.com do trips like this to other adventurous places on the planet. Proper out there stuff with bikes. Check them out.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Jul 23, 2014 at 12:48
Jul 23, 2014
Video: Afghanistan With Matt Hunter And Dan Milner
Thanks, The Wakhan is open for business. And there are of course plenty of other places on the planet, perhaps not so "extreme" littered with trails that make great riding. They've been keeping me busy for 3 decades and every year I find somewhere new.
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