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Monday, February 15, 2010

Disaster For Mongolian Yurt/Ger People

Yurts more accurately are named"gers" in the Mongolian tradition. The following is from an article recently posted on Mongolia.

SIMPLE LIFE: Mongolian herder's child play outside a tent in Gachuurt, around 40kms (25 miles) east of the capital Ulan Bator.

"Immense landscapes and warm hospitality make Mongolia an adventure like no other, writes Louise Southerden.

'Time isn't money out here," said our trip leader, the former Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Tim Cope. 'Money has no value on the steppe. Animals have value.'"

An awareness: Last week a freeze killed 20 million animals belonging to nomadic Mongolian People.

More than one million head of livestock have died

The bottom line for many Mongolain Yurt/Ger people: For many, their wealth is gone. For many, their families are starving.

Another awareness: International Red Cross is making rescue efforts.

You can get involved with a donation to the IRC here:

Some details on what donations are doing:

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Tono Is A Yurt Roof Ring

From the Vancouver Sun today a report of performance arts under a yurt roof ring, a "tono" in the Mongolian Language. The tono is the eye of God or an opening to the heavens. In the time of the old ways, Mongolian shaman would ascend. spiritually through the opening to travel to the heavens in quest of solutions to life's challenges.

Home is where the yurt is Tono explores the power of Mongolian shamanism, horse culture and music

"Searching for a unifying symbol for a dance work inspired by and about the horse culture and shamanism of the nomadic people of Central Asia, Sandra Laronde found it in the most important place of all for a Mongolian: the home.

Wei Jie, Morigen, Caihong are dancers performing in Tono by Red Sky Performance. A wagon wheel-like ton hangs at centre stage.

The indigenous people of the region live in yurts, which are circular, portable homes that can be quickly dismantled and moved to a new camp. At the top of each yurt is the ton — pronounced with a long “ o” similar to tone. About the size and shape of a wagon wheel, the ton is both an actual and symbolic connection to the world beyond. It can be opened to look to the night sky or closed to keep out rain and snow. The ton also represents both the order of the universe and of the human mind. It provides the structure to keep society functioning smoothly."

Bruce Sargent


Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Report this week of Backcounty Yurting from Tyler Wicks:
"I just got back from an amazing trip to the Elkhorn Yurt which is located in the backcountry of Idaho between Idaho City and Lowman. I had been planning this trip for a few months and couldn’t wait to hit the trail on Wednesday morning!"

Tyler had an adventure and a cozy time at Elkhorn Yurt.

Bruce Sargent

Monday, February 8, 2010

Yurt Hostels!

From Random Good Stuff today: Weird But Cool Hostels and one of them was a yurt! And the other weird hostels? Wow!

Anak Ranch, Mongolia

anak ranch

mangolia hostel

Emmm … awesome!

Beyond Way Cool!!

Bruce Sargent

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Yurt Camping By Bike

Today from Stankertanker Yurt Camping By Bike:
"The yurt was well furnished, with a futon couch, a bunk bed, a skylight, electricity and heat. You couldn't cook inside (a bummer, given the heavy winds outside) and no running water. It was really cheap to rent for the night, and was just what I was looking for."

Saturday, February 6, 2010


This is for you, James. Happy memories.

Bruce Sargent

Snowboarding and Yurting

Snowboarding, the most awesome winter sport, has been neglected by this blog. And I should know better. I worked with a man, James, who boarded with Terje Haakonsen at Loon Mountain, New Hampshire, when they were both thirteen. I have seen First Descent with James, over and over and over (impossible to get tired of it). I found a blog with the last post in 2007, that is a mind-blowing combination of snowboarding and yurting, posted by Forrest Gladding. Check it out at And find and befriend him on Facebook. The yurt he made appears to be home-made. The venue, that his yurt is placed in, is incredible. And the snowboarding? see for your self. The very best of yurting and riding. You can't do it better. Thank you, Forrest.

Bruce Sargent

Ten Best Yurt Rentals: USA

Today By Ameria's Best: Top Ten Yurt Rentals

Big Sur Treebones Resort, California

Luana Spa Retreat , Hawaii

Falls Brook Yurts - New York

Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, California

Hidden Treasure Yurts - Colorado

Chena Hot Springs - Alaska

Falling Waters Adventure Resort, North Carolina

Adirondack Tent Camping, New York

Naha Bay Outdoor Adventures, Ketchikan, Alaska

I don't know how America's Best came to their conclusions. My sense is that they are all good out there, meaning that there is another top 10 that is different and just as good. Let me know what you think. Any way their top 10 only has 9 listed. What's with that?

Bruce Sargent

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


One evening, two day Yurt Building Workshop at Spirit Hollow, Shaftsbury, Vermont on June 4, 5, 6. Bruce Sargent and Emery Forest instructors.

One evening, two day Yurt Building Workshop at Yestermorrow, Warren Vermont on June 11, 12, 13. Bruce Sargent and David Cain Instructors.

Bruce W Sargent