Category Archives: Valley of the Kings

Traverse of the Theban Plateau, Part Five: The Expedition (1)

“You can’t explore from the air, Madox. If you could explore from the air, life would be very simple.” Count Almasy (Ralph Fiennes) in “The English Patient” (1996) Thursday 9th February, 2017 Hamdy pulls up outside the apartment as arranged … Continue reading

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Traverse of the Theban Plateau, Part Three: Reccy of Western Valley Start

After route-finding difficulties on the 2015 expedition I decide to try out an ascent to the plateau via the Western Valley adjunct of the Valley of the Kings. Tuesday 7th February, 2017 I am up at dawn to cycle to … Continue reading

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Traverse of the Theban Plateau, Part One: Background to the Expedition

“[The deserts] come perhaps as the most stimulating surprise in Egypt. Instead of the even yellow expanse of one’s naive imagination, one finds a world with hills and valleys of its own, plateaux, mountains, and empty watercourses. It is a … Continue reading

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First Attempt at Crossing the Theban Plateau (Part 1)

Sunday January 11th, 2015 Following a 5.30 breakfast I head towards the ferry, my breath rising up before me in the cold morning air. One of the men huddled by a brazier offers to call me a taxi and I … Continue reading

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First Venture onto the Theban Plateau (Part 3)

Sunday 19th December 2010 My long-term plan for the Theban Plateau is to take the ancient track known as the Farshut Road right across the Qena Bend in the Nile river. From my research I know for definite of only … Continue reading

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In the Footsteps of Gods and Kings (4)

[Voice recording made 31st January 2008]

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In the Footsteps of Gods and Kings (3)

[31st January, 2008] It is still not 9.00 a.m. and I am literally high on solitude. After taking photos and making a digital voice recording for posterity, it is time to set off for my next destination, the tomb of … Continue reading

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In the Footsteps of Gods and Kings (2)

[Voice recording made 31st January 2008]

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