Mongol Derby - Medic's Blog
As predicted the end of race party did prove eventful. Although no one sustained significant damage in the wrestling, got shot in the archery competition or electrocuted themselves on the distinctly suspect electrical wiring in the sound system, someone did manage to lacerate their wrist quite badly. Fortunately no major vessels were damaged although a tendon was nicked. The first stitches of the trip were applied beautifully by Jez before the medical team retired to bed, nursing mildly traumatised ear drums courtesy of the enthusiastic Mongolian singers.
Having arrived back in UB after a harrowing 14 hour 4X4 journey, we now feel able to relax and have begun to indulge in some of the more traditional tourist activities that Mongolia has to offer, such as visiting the black market, cashmere centres and the State Department Store to purchase gifts, souvenirs and enormous boots.
Overall we've had a fantastic experience in Mongolia. Medically we've had to evacuate one patient for further investigation in UB and we've seen a score of more minor traumas and medical presentations amongst the riders, support staff and locals. Thankfully, no one has been seriously injured and the inaugural Mongol Derby has been a resounding success. On a personal level we've had a brilliant time staying in gers, camping wild in the steppes and meeting the local Mongolians and experiencing their amazing hospitality.
Finally, we should congratulate the adventurists for creating a great event and the riders for successfully embracing the challenge. It has been a pleasure to be a part of the adventure.