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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.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Jul 23, 2014 at 12:46
Jul 23, 2014
Video: Afghanistan With Matt Hunter And Dan Milner
No Taliban there. Hunter scared them off with his bar drags.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Jul 23, 2014 at 12:45
Jul 23, 2014
Video: Afghanistan With Matt Hunter And Dan Milner
Interesting point deadtime. I guess it comes down to the idea that if we just turned our backs on every country that had human rights violations, or entertained any other number of 'crimes against humanity' (could we include capital punishment? flooding wilderness for hydro-electric projects? deforestation for cattle rearing? blatant mis-appropriation of state funds for foreign covert op's? Dubious POW treatments? vote-rigging? escalations in nuclear arsenals? widely practiced use of rape as class or sex weapon? not allowing same sex marriages? Denying gay people the right to be out or even live in places? 'accidental' shootings or beatings of civilians by police? and so many more that are going on in the civilised west as well as developing countries) then we'd have few places left to go visit! In fact, it would even start to get hard to stay at home too. Nowhere is perfect thats for sure. In reality, visiting such places as Afghanistan, whatever the popular feeling/perception of this suffering country, and spreading our "wealth" in an honest way (not just by charity alone) on trips like this we are helping break down the barriers, suspicions and ill-feelings that are often the roots of war, terrorism or cultural/ethnic cleansing. We didnt walk in there with jackboots and a military budget to try to "change" the country but with honest intentions to discover a (peaceful corner of a) country for ourselves and see what experiences we and the locals would take from our time there.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Jul 23, 2014 at 12:21
Jul 23, 2014
Video: Afghanistan With Matt Hunter And Dan Milner
Thanks for the props. The deer incident was in Scotland while shooting a story for Transworld Snowboarding mag about 3 or 4 years ago. Now you've worried me how much i Seem to have aged in that time!
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