Joubert has been dealing with snow and progressively colder temperatures since starting across Kazakhstan. He would often find himself in temperatures between –20°C (-4°F) and –30°C(-22°F) . On December 22nd a failure occurred which would have repercussions well into February – his MSR stove’s fuel pump broke. The consequence was that he was unable to melt snow to make water and suffered dehydration as a result.
He improvised with a makeshift alcohol stove in Semey, Kazakhstan until Siberia where he waited in Barnaul, Russia for a few weeks to receive delivery of two new stoves, one being a backup. Nevertheless, just a little down the road both of them broke. Out of a stove again and with his visa soon to expire, he made his way to Mongolia improvising with burning firewood as a heat source. However, Mongolia gave way to steppe and an absence of trees. After struggling and several close calls with extreme cold in Ulgii, Mongolia, he took a bus to Ulaanbaatar to get another stove, this time an ATG one. He is now back on track crossing western Mongolia.
South African, De Bruyn Joubert, is cycling across the world’s seven continents, eventually including Antarctica, through all climates and conditions, for 85,000 km and through 70 countries for five years.
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