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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 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 Four: Reccy of El Qurn Start

Wednesday 8th February, 2017 I’m up early again and on the bike to check out the alternative ascent onto the plateau via the summit of El Qurn, a walk I have done a number of times without problems in the … Continue reading

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Traverse of the Theban Plateau, Part Two: Final Plans

The truth is, after years of planning, I didn’t feel the traverse presented any great risks. It was simply that, if anything DID happen, I was on my own. I was under no illusion, in a country where walking off … 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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