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After several hours he pulled over to his helmet to shake off, and take a look at the map.
This was what he loved about the adventure, the solitude, the landscape and The Feeling of responsibility for their own destiny.
But when his 18-year-old son pulled behind him on his motorcycle, he had a different take on the long journey You just finished.
For him, to be alone in his thoughts was novel and disturbing.
"Oh, my God, that was awful! I can't with the left, my brain is so!"
But that was exactly why the two had decided on this adventure together.
Mr Clarke, a Life -long skier, mountain climber and trekker, felt, had, as he was to lose contact with his son Khobe, who is always on his phone at home in Calgary, Alberta.
He blames himself, in part. He has a smartphone like Everyone Else , and he enjoyed playing with his son on his Blackberry when he was small.
"If someone is looking for, we have today as individuals and as A Family , we (the parents) immortalized it," Mr Clarke told the BBC. "They are cool devices, but we started to feel like they were controlling us and not Vice Versa . "
The question had to come to a head a few years ago, when Mr. Clarke went with His Family to a remote ski Lodge for a weekend in celebration of his 50. Birthday.
The area had no wifi and no cell.
"I had never experienced a weekend without my cell phone, essentially," said Khobe the BBC. "It was very weird for me. "
Khobe known that at the time he was angry that he had to go, and misery, because without Snapchat or Instagram, he had no idea what his friends were at home.
For a long time he had dreamed of, on a trip through Mongolia on a bike. Now that his son was older, Why Not do it with him?
About a year ago, he hit it on Khobe. It was not an automatic hit.
"I said no, pretty quickly," Khobe said.
"But it has this funny idea... it was something of the preparation that it very was exciting to do it. "
Khobe has been practicing his motorcycle license, and the two longer rides. While his father has climbed the Everest twice, Khobe had never tried to ride a mountain, so he had to practice to.
they left on the 28th of July, and in the course of the next month, traveled More Than 2,200 kilometers (1,367 miles) across Mongolia by motorcycle, horse, and camel.
Khobe says, away from his phone was a challenge.
"I think the whole time I was consumed quite, missing my phone," he says. "They realize how boring it all gets. When I'm bored, I can just on YouTube, or watching Netflix. What I will do, looking at The Stars and twiddle thumbs?"
"I was surprised that when he is away from a work, environment and family, he is perhaps closer to my age," he says.
"It helped me to see Khobe in a new way. I saw him as a child, held, dropped his jacket on the table, Cleaning Up the dishes," he says. "And I was able to see him, a young man, and I was impressed with how well he was able to work Under Pressure . "
You don't have to go to all on The Other side of The World , only the bond with their children, says Caroline Knorr, the parenting editor for Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization that educates parents on media and technology.
It is easy to find the best holiday for yourself to reach for your phone, while says You 're lying around the sofa, but Mrs Knorr, it is important to model the behavior You want to adopt their children.
"to communicate what is really important for parents to be, why the valuable. Why it's A Family value, unwired, unplugged time as human beings," she says.
"Say explicitly" I'm turning off my phone, so that we have time for the family'. "
Ms Knorr says it is also important not to demonize technology, or your children for use.
"I think a lot of the time, the parents really care, that 'it is the Medium that will change my kids' behavior,'" she says.
"But what leads to that behavior is a natural normal part of development, where children are always interested in pop culture and not so interested, time with the family. "
This is a natural part of teenagehood is reinforced by social apps like Tik Tok and Snapchat, however, which is designed to users to for as long as possible to earn money from advertising.
"It's a double whammy," Ms says Knorr.Khobe says "camp Life " was his favorite part of The Trip
Khobe, he says he wants that technology has something that he wants to "do, do".
"If You are in a group of people, and it is for the social interaction of the time, but everyone is on his cell phone, when I tried to change my habits," he says.
"is It rude not to give people your undivided attention. "