… is it safe, and will we get there?
In three words, no, no and maybe.
The organisers have this to say on their website:-
|Warning – this is not safe
You may have guessed but this is a genuinely dangerous thing to do. The [Mongol Rally] website is written in a light-hearted fashion, but you cannot overestimate the risks involved in taking part in this adventure. Your chances of being seriously injured or dying as a result of taking part are high. Individuals who have taken part in previous Adventurists’ adventures have been permanently disfigured, seriously disabled or lost their lives.
This is not a glorified holiday. It’s an unsupported adventure and so by its very nature extremely risky. You really are on your own and you really are putting both your health and life at risk. That’s the whole point.
Just to put things into perspective, of the 300 vehicles that started the Rally in 2011, 22% never made it to the finish line, and in a normal year just over half the teams reach the finish line in one piece.
It’s not hard to understand why – the vehicles already have many years under their belts before they get to the start line, and even if a vehicle appears to be running okay when it sets off, once it reaches the rough roads further east, it’ll receive more punishment in a day than it’s received in the rest of its life put together.
“Better out than in.”
- Her Majesty, The Queen
“Better in than out.”
- Ron Jeremy