On the 5th of August 2014, Ash Dykes became the first recorded person to complete a solo & unsupported walk across Mongolia.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes: – “I applaud every endeavour to achieve an adventuring ‘first’, a feat which is becoming harder all the time. This young man’s completion of a ‘first’ solo trek across Mongolia, from the Altai to the Steppe, will have proved both physically & mentally challenging & is an example of great determination”.
From West to East, Ash trekked 1,500 miles over the Altai Mountains, through the Gobi Desert & across the Mongolian Steppe, all whilst pulling 120kg (18st) of survival supplies on a homemade trailer.
From Grey Wolves, Snow blizzards, Sandstorms, severe heat exhaustion, Snakes, Semi-wild dogs & loneliness, to name a few; Ash battled on through the elements, across the second largest land-locked country in the world, in just 78 days; knocking a staggering 22 days off his predicted time.
Ash became known to the locals as “The Lonely Snow Leopard”, due to the Snow Leopard being the only predictor to walk alone & the Wolves keeping a respectful distance from them, as they did with Ash.
Ash filmed & blogged his expedition & had people following his journey from all over the world, he hit major news, BBC World News, ITV News etc & the news articles were shared globally & translated into a number of different languages. On completion of his expedition, he was also interviewed on seven different T.V channels within Mongolia & was in the Magazines & News Papers, before his return to the U.K.
Ash raised funds along the way, to help locals during the extreme winter conditions due to climate change that is slowly changing the ways of the Nomadic life, Ash helped to spread awareness on this, not only whilst traversing the country, but also on his UK Theatre Tour.
Ash won the Welsh Adventurer of the year award 2015 & The National Adventurer of the Year Award – public vote”. He was also invited to 10 Downing Street, in order to meet the Prime Minister.