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Traverse of the Theban Plateau, Conclusion: The Interrogation

After a short drive we pull off the road and up to a small portable cabin. The thin guy asks for my passport. Again, I find myself fumbling in my rucksack. “Don’t worry, take your time.” Probably due to exhaustion, … Continue reading

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Traverse of the Theban Plateau, Part Eight: The Expedition (4)

Soon after reaching the flat valley floor the realisation overtakes me that the 11km remaining to be walked across the flat sandy plain constitute about a quarter of the whole walk. Almost the same distance from where I had gone … Continue reading

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Traverse of the Theban Plateau, Part Seven: The Expedition (3)

During the rest of the walk across the plateau there is unfortunately little time for taking real pleasure in my surroundings. Following the initial disappointment that I am yet to make it to F5, my first ‘unreached’ waypoint on the … Continue reading

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Traverse of the Theban Plateau, Part Six: The Expedition (2)

When it hits me that I must have gone off course there is a feeling of frustration but I know I must remain calm. I lay my rucksack down on the gritty sand against a low rocky bluff, and collect … 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 3)

[360-degree video taken on the “Farshut Road”, four miles (seven kilometres) in a direct line from the Valley of the Kings, 11th January 2015]    

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First Attempt at Crossing the Theban Plateau (Part 2)

Wolves? In a desert country like Egypt? As we’d sped along the Cairo to Aswan road the day before, I thought it might be a mistranslation from Thore’s native Norwegian. “Did you see it Ahmed? Bigger than a dog I … 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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