In the May issue of Outside, American cowboy Will Grant recounts his attempt to win the Mongol Derby, a 1,000-kilometer journey across the majestic grasslands of central Asia on the backs of the same ponies that carried Genghis Khan and his hordes to war. Take a look at a few snaps from his epic adventure.
Above, author Will Grant tempts fate on the back of a notoriously prickly Mongolian pony.
A Mongolian spectator follows along on his motor cycle in hopes of catching some more of the action.
Racer Ben de Rivaz, one of Will Grant's on-and-off companions during the race, takes a break and a swig.
A herder and his son stop to watch the race.
The author on day two of the Mongol Derby.
The author is welcomed by the locals into a yurt for some food and a little arm wrestling.
Ben de Rivaz, stops to read a map. The riders were given Google Maps print-out and were frequently frustrated by the lack of information.
Racer Sam Wyborn walks along side his horse after a grueling day.
Richie Killoran on Leg 2 of the Mongol Derby. Killoran would eventually finish 2nd.