Annie Nocenti on the world’s most dangereous hunting expedition

“It’s impossible to be at ease,” Annie Nocenti writes, “when you’re traveling with one of the world’s most dangerous hunting expeditions.”

Her article “The Most Expensive Road Trip in the World” appears in the special Spring Fashion edition of Details magazine. It’s about her ride along on an upscale falcon hunt in the South Asian region of Baluchistan.

“Our motorcade is armed,” she writes, “but not heavily enough to win a gun battle.”

Nocenti, a graduate of SUNY-New Paltz who lives in Stone Ridge, is the former editor of High Times and of Scenario, a magazine devoted to screenwriting. She is now a freelance writer.

She went to Baluchistan to film a documentary about the Baluch people and their struggle for regional autonomy within Pakistan. The Baluch region straddles parts of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran.

The ride along on the falcon hunt was a side adventure that took on the dimensions of a main event.

“Nobody keeps precise track of what this trip costs,” Nocenti writes, “–not even Sheikh Mohammed. I don’t dare ask, but he’s been known to shrug and say, ‘I stop counting after a million and a half.’”

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2 Responses to Annie Nocenti on the world’s most dangereous hunting expedition

  1. Anonymous says:

    I don’t get it. Why is her hunt dangerous?

    “Our motorcade is armed,” she writes, “but not heavily enough to win a gun battle.”

    Is she looking to kill civilians?

  2. Malone Vandam says:

    For all the details you would have to read her article in Details (the magazine where it’s been published). But it would be an understatement to say that this takes place in rugged country, the convoy drivers drive like maniacs, they’re near tribal villages, it’s something of a constant war zone, and everyone seems to have an AK-47 (the famous Russian-made fully-automatic combat assault rifle).

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