August 2012 Mt. Ararat Expedition: Inside a typical Kurdish tent on the slopes of Mt. Ararat. Families cook, eat, and sleep in tents like these. The bedding-like area along the back wall doubles as seating during the day. They are kept very tidy inside by the women.
August 2012 Mt. Ararat Expedition: around day 11 on the mountain…my final ascent on this expedition…the air was quite thin at this altitude, and it made me very tired. I traded this Kurdish man $20 USD and my Leatherman to let me ride his horse part of the way up. It was hard not to fall off that horse as we went uphill - there was no saddle, only a blanket..and nothing to hold onto but mane.