Some of you already know that my favorite thing in the world is riding motorcycles. In 2021 we will have the opportunity to share this passion with a community in need.
Every year, a group of intrepid adventurers from around the world band together to deliver new motorcycles to rangers patrolling the Mongolian heartland. Without these precious vehicles, park rangers working tirelessly to protect ecologically important regions would have to patrol thousands of miles on foot or horseback. Led by former U.S. National Park Ranger Robert “Mac” McIntosh, these motorcyclists make their week-long journey from the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar to Otgontenger National Park, passing through stunning vistas like the Flaming Cliffs, Ongiin Khiid Monastery, and the Singing Sand Dunes.
As a selected Rally for Rangers 2021 volunteer, I've been tasked with raising $12,000. The funds will allow me to purchase a vehicle to donate, travel to the area, journey through Eastern Mongolia, and personally deliver the motorcycle to a park ranger in a hand-off ceremony.
It would mean a great deal to me, and the rangers, to have your support.
By: TBA, 2021
"Our mission is to protect the world’s special places by empowering rangers around the world with new motorcycles and equipment.
Rally for Rangers is a project of Mongol Ecology Center (MEC), a 501(c)3 non- governmental organization based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and Tucson, Arizona."
Motorgrrl Garage and Rally for Rangers Present (Documentary Teaser Video)
"In 2013, former U.S. National Park Ranger Robert “Mac” McIntosh was volunteering with the Mongol Ecology Center assisting managers at Lake Hovsgol National Park near the Russian border with Mongolia. As they reviewed planning documents with the parks chief ranger Enkhtaivan a call came in – there was an illegal campsite discovered on park lands nearby. Mac watched helplessly as the chief ranger hopped on his motorcycle only to have it immediately break down. He could not do his job. This happened routinely, and Mac learned rangers across the country could not pursue or keep up with illegal poachers, miners, campers and other spoilers of the parks. He had seen enough. Mac told Wesley Thornberry, co-founder of Rally for Rangers Foundation, and Ono Batkhuu, founder of Mongol Ecology Center, that he would take it upon himself to buy a new motorcycle, ride it across Mongolia, and personally deliver it so Enkhtaivan could successfully and safely perform his job. Upon returning to the States, Wesley related this story to friends and asked “Who’s in?” Rally for Rangers was born."
"The first rally in 2014 was truly an experiment. The outcome unpredictable. Find 15 riders to buy 15 motorcycles and ride them over 1,000 miles across the roadless northern steppe of Mongolia, all to give them away to park rangers in need. It had never been done. Before the first day off road was done, one rider was out with a broken collar bone. Two days later two more riders out. The sturdy Russian military-grade support truck quickly filling with bikes without a rider. Then came the rain, the mud, the sand. When the last mile was turned, just six of the original 15 riders were still astride their bike. But all 15 bikes were delivered, 15 rangers given a new lease on protecting their vast and sacred landscape. The inspiration of the effort was contagious, we had to keep doing this. And so we did.
By the end of 2018 Rally for Rangers will have delivered 75 new motorcycles to nine parks in three countries – Mongolia, Argentina, and Chile. Adventurous philanthropists from around the world continue to flock to the movement – Mongolia, Russia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A., Canada, Singapore, Germany, Denmark, Lebanon, and more have represented their cultures in this effort."
Rally for Rangers 2015: "Sons of Taiga" (Official Video)
**Quoted content pulled from https://rallyforrangers.org/
**Photo and Video credits: Rally For Rangers via Kickstarter
**Photo of Sarah credit: https://www.instagram.com/streettwinnyc/
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