Pam McNaughtan is part of SM Stowaway, the only one of the few female-only teams in the 2012 Mongol Rally.

(We found another one! The Cooking Charity Chicks thanks to Kate on this FB post.)

We talk about the Mongol Rally, her team-mate Charlie Grosso, their fundraising efforts, and the craziness that takes hundreds of teams across a third of the world in tiny little cars.

To listen, hit play below or find episode 239 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud:

Pam and Charlie

Pam and Charlie

Our two adventuristas are Pam McNaughtan and Charlie Grosso.

They met — for the first and only time — after Pam responded to a tweet about the upcoming rally. They formed a Rally team with DJ, but now it’s just the two of them again. With only a brief face-to-face meeting, but hundreds of emails and tweets under their belts, they’re going to hit the road for a 6-8 week unplanned, unscheduled adventure.

The Mongol Rally

The Mongol Rally is an unplanned adventure which raises funds for various charities each year. The whole scheme is the brainchild of the Adventurists, and attracts hundreds of participants each year, raising millions of pounds for their chosen causes.

Teams must get from London or Prague to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital. It’s no race: the idea is to have as many adventures as possible. And with a 50% failure rate, there’s certainly adventure to be had.

Last year we followed Sherry, Dave and Deb as they took part in what we called the ultimate summer road trip. This year, it’s Pam and Charlie’s turn… we look forward to seeing what they get up to!

The fundraising

The official charity this year is the Lotus Children’s Center, and Pam and Charlie have cooked up a bunch of bonuses to go with your donation. The Intrepid Foundation will match donations dollar-for-dollar (up to AUD$10,000), Pam’s putting together mystery crates for donations of US$75 or more, and also offering to dye her hair, get a piercing, a tattoo, or sing the Canadian national anthem in each country they pass through!

We strongly urge you to donate if you can: here’s the link. We’ll certainly be sending them a copy of Travel Safety before they start!

To listen, hit play above or check in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud.

Your thoughts on "Pam vs the Mongol Rally podcast"

  • This sounds awesome! What happens to them when/if they break down?? Hope there are some trusty mechanics on hand!

    on June 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm Reply
    • From the sound of it... No! Which is kind of terrifying and kind of fun.

      on June 20, 2012 at 4:51 am Reply
    • Good question! We hope and pray for locals to stop. It could take a couple hours, but we've been told that all will work out. It's unknown, and that is the best part. Charlie and I are a wee bit crazy... LOL

      on June 24, 2012 at 8:16 am Reply

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