Peter W. Fong
Peter W. Fong has been the head guide at Mongolia River Outfitters since 2006. He is the author of the award-winning novel, Principles of Navigation, and a chapter book for children and adults, The Coconut Crab. His stories and photographs have appeared in Fly Fisherman, The Flyfish Journal, Gray’s Sporting Journal, High Country News, the New York Times, and many other publications. Rowing to Baikal, his account of a thousand-mile expedition from the headwaters of Mongolia’s Selenge River to Russia’s Lake Baikal, is forthcoming from Latah Books. For more info, visit rowingtobaikal.com.
At lunchtime, we beach the boats on a gravel bar and try to light a fire. But all the available wood is damp, and the wind repeatedly blows out our matches—fifteen in succession—despite our best efforts to shield the pile of tinder from the gusts. On the menu? Mongolian sausage—two kinds, one of which closely resembles an American hot dog. I suppose...