Tim CopeGrand Prize Winner, Banff Mountain Festival Book Competition
The relationship between man and horse on the Eurasian steppe gave rise to a succession of rich nomadic cultures. Among them were the Mongols of the thirteenth century – a small tribe, which, under the charismatic leadership of Genghis Khan, created the largest contiguous land empire in history. Inspired by the extraordinary life nomads lead, Tim Cope embarked on a journey that hadn't been successfully completed since those times: to travel on horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia, through Kazakhstan, Russia, Crimea and the Ukraine to the Danube River in Hungary. From horse-riding novice to spending months in the saddle, he learnt to fend off wolves and would-be horse-thieves, and grapple with the haunting extremes of the steppe as he crossed sub-zero plateaux, the scorching deserts of Kazakhstan and the high-mountain passes of the Carpathians. As he travelled he formed a close bond with his horses and especially his dog Tigon, and encountered essential hospitality – the linchpin of human survival on the steppe – from those he met along the way. Cope bears witness to how the traditional ways hang in the balance in the post-Soviet world – an era that has brought new-found freedom, but also the perils of corruption and alcoholism, and left a world bereft of both the Communist system upon which it once relied, and the traditional knowledge of the nomadic forefathers. A journey of adventure, endurance and eventual triumph, On the Trail of Genghis Khan
is at once a celebration of and an elegy for an ancient way of life.
Chris Hatherly & Tim Cope
This is the true story of two twenty-year old Australians who travelled for fourteen months on recumbent bicycles from Russia, across Siberia and Mongolia, to Beijing. It is as much a story of perseverance, passion, and belief as it is about the people and remarkable landscapes of Siberia and Mongolia. Tim and Chris are not just fearless adventurers but philosophers on wheels, willing and able to open themselves up to everything from the voice of the Steppes to the Russian villagers and the nomads of the Gobi desert. From this they draw an often funny, moving and inspirational tale of living out a dream. Mixed into this journey is the story of their tumultuous relationship as two opposing wills battle it out in the midst of heat, snow and hunger.
Eine Reise von außergewöhnlichen Dimensionen: Der australische Abenteurer Tim Cope durchreitet drei Jahre lang das einstige Reich des legendären Mongolenherrschers. Er durchquert glühend heiße Wüsten und hart gefrorene Steppen, überwindet schroffe Gebirgsketten und sturmgepeitschte Ebenen. Man stielt ihm die Pferde und entführt seinen Hund – den er mit Eiern und Wodka wiederbelebt. Doch vor allem nimmt man ihn auf in Jurten und Lehmhütten, als wäre er selbst ein mongolischer Nomade, dem die Gastfreundschaft seines Volkes gebührt. Ein großes Abenteuer-Epos, das uns eintauchen lässt ins jahrhundertealte Leben im Rhythmus der asiatischen Wildnis.
Off The Rails, Auf den Spuren Dschingis Khans, On the Trail of Genghis Khan