Of Camels and Horses

by Nathan Hamm on 4/23/2004

Glenn has a camel picture and a brief mention of abiding camel hatred. Let me throw in a little soemthing in defense of camels. A Tajik guide on a horse trek I went on in Kyrgyzstan told me that camels are much better than horses for one reason: they will not cross mountains. Believe me, in the Tien Shan mountains, that’s a plus. Take it from a guy* who has had a horse fall on him on an ice sheet.

*Me of course. Never believe anyone who tells you: a) vodka helps with altitude; and, b)”just hold onto the horse’s tail, he’ll pull you up the ice sheet”

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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