Tag 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 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 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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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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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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In the Footsteps of Gods and Kings (1)

[31st January 2008] Beyond the guard post, and round a shoulder of the hill I have it at last – my first glimpse of the Valley of the Kings! It’s still early and the few visitors in the valley are … Continue reading

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