Entries tagged "desert"

Oman

2011-11-07

As promised, here is a more detailed update on my short time in Oman last week. My main reason for being there was to train the Omani Outward Bound instructors. In the short time available I wanted to give them a decent understanding of how to use nature's clues to find their way in the desert. Just as importantly, I needed to give them the techniques and knowledge they could pass onto their future students. We started with theory indoors at the offices of Outward Bound Oman, with the help of planetarium software and makeshift whiteboards (paper…

The Desert and Back

2011-11-02

  Thank you to everyone who came to the course at the Royal Geographical Society on Friday. Also to those who came to the talk and walk on Saturday and to Rohan for organising and sponsoring the event. I have just returned from a wonderful two days in the desert in Oman, where I have been teaching a group of Outward Bound Oman instructors some techniques for them to pass on to their students. In the picture above we are marking out the shadows from a stick in the sand. We also looked at…

Passing through Sebha

2011-09-05

The news that rebel forces are pushing south in Libya, has taken me back to the short time I spent in Sebha in February and March 2009. Sebha has a domestic airport and I was using it as my  gateway; it allowed me to jump from the coastal capital of Tripoli into deeper, Saharan Libya. The foreign correspondents are now feeding back items about the importance of the tribes in the area. This is something that resonates for me, because although I only had the opportunity for a few hours in the area before heading away from the…

GQ

2010-11-03

My thanks to all the GQ readers who came to my natural navigation talk at Molton House in the West End last night. Thanks also to Monkey Shoulder whisky for hosting the night.I am fortunate, my work takes me to all sorts of places: deserts, mountains, universities, bookshops, islands, offices, clubs, societies... but never before had I been invited to a venue that describes itself as, 'a sybaritic haven'.If talking about the natural world in such a quintessentially urban venue was to some extent a clash of cultures, then it did not seem to phase readers…

Desert of Information

2008-08-04

Back from holiday to me means back to the joys and evils of modern life. In the remotest part of south Brittany where we had chosen to hide from the real world for a fortnight, there were no landline telephones, no newspapers, no TV, no radio, no computers and no internet. We had to learn how to speak to each other again which was not an entirely smooth process. If you haven't tried it recently let me warn you that it is a lot harder than ignoring each other and pretending to text someone. One of the joys…