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Old 04-28-2014, 10:13 AM
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I started thinking about the possibility of a Marco Polo [hereafter MP] hunt several years ago when my son and I went to Kyrgyzstan [hereafter Kyrg] for Ibex. We were both successful and the company we hunted with talked some about MP hunting. About 1 1/2 yrs ago I saw an ad from Theo Blignat for an MP hunt at a great price. I almost went in 2013, but the $$ were tight as well as not being familiar enough with Theo to send that kind of money out. Last fall the same hunt came up again and Theo sent me an E-mail about it. My wife was kind enough to pay for half of the hunt so I decided to go for it. Read More...
This is a thread for discussion of the article, Marco Polo Blues, By Bruce Marshall. Here you can ask questions or make comments about the article.
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:05 AM
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Re: Marco Polo Blues

Especially glad to hear you made it back. Tough part of the world, sounds like at least the horses were up to it. Tough little mounts.

Expectations can be the killer, from here it doesn't seem like it would be that tough for a few more bucks to have tents, and stoves that provide a better level of comfort, chains for vehicles, etc.. But out at the end of the world?
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:47 PM
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Re: Marco Polo Blues

Bruce thanks for taking the time to post this article with all its ups and downs. I have a hunt booked with Arpa Marco Polo Ltd. this November. Have you had a chance to retest your G7 range finder as I was planning on buying one . I thought it would be a big help for a flatlander like me.
thanks Dan
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Hi Dan. I have not had a chance to re-check the G-7. Before you go try to get up over 10,000 feet elevation and see if it corrects properly for you. It may be hassle to do so, but it might be the difference between success and failure. How's that for motivation? Bruce
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:35 AM
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Re: Marco Polo Blues

Holy buckets, sounds like a wild place. Very good read about what goes on both with the hunt and the behind the scenes as well.
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Old 05-03-2014, 12:09 AM
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Re: Marco Polo Blues

Great write up, sorry you didn't get your ram. Did they ever go back to find the one you hit the first day out?

Sounds like you learned a lot of lessons there and on a hunt like that they sure are expensive lessons.

Those little horses are amazing animals, tougher than mules and at least as sure footed.

I agree with you on the global rescue thing. My wife and I had that discussion and decided it was more than worthwhile and is cheap at half the price when you are hunting in 3rd world hell.

There's no BS to their claims either. If you can be gotten out alive they have and will put to use all of the resources necessary.
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There's no BS to their claims either. If you can be gotten out alive they have and will put to use all of the resources necessary.
Just like the VIP service, it's a step up having someone who speaks the language, and knows who to speak it to, on your side.

The hope that someone is supposed to come for you, counts a bunch in these times.
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