SINAI PENINSULA – 2022

FOOTPRINTS ON THE SANDS OF TIME

Today’s threats to an ancient way of life

A journey across the Sinai Peninsula, over the Gulf of Aqaba into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and concluding at COP27 in Egypt.

Following the crossing of the Aral Kum in August 2021, the Sinai crossing this year will represent the 2nd expedition in the desert trilogy led by Rosie.

Each expedition explores the effects of climate change on different environments and their communities.

The Sinai expedition will focus on the impact of climatic changes on the Bedu, their traditions, culture and way of life, whilst lending them a voice to express their own experiences and how they see their future.

The desert team which includes Pom Oliver, Arabella Dorman and Lee Watts will walk some 650 km, from one water point to the next, accompanied by Bedu from Mzeina, Jebeleya and Aliquat tribes. Camels will bear the equipment and supplies.

A bespoke hourglass has been made in honour of the expedition, representing the passage of time for both mankind and the planet. Filled with desert sand, designed by Alan Chan of Hong Kong and hand-blown by leading Czech glass manufacturers Lasvit, this symbolic piece will be auctioned online with links for bidding on this website from mid-June. Launch date to be announced imminently.

For further information please contact us.

 

 

 

 

Stories from COP26

Stories from COP26

It was surprising that Glasgow didn't bask in its own micro-climate with the amount of hot air being let off from some quarters - but happily not all. Oxera Consulting, with generosity and panache, hosted an interview on the Aral Kum Crossing with Pom and me. Held at...

Aral Kum Desert – The Expedition

Aral Kum Desert – The Expedition

August 2021 - After an early start from Heathrow and a few days in Almaty, Rosie and teammate Pom travelled by train for a couple of days to reach the Aral Kum desert.  Setting off with their "Ship of the Desert", their endurance expedition across the newest desert on...

Training with my New Trailer

Training with my New Trailer

Training with my new trailer - very economic on fuel too! A transformation from the original prototype with the ultimate, hugely improved cart, designed by Ben White de Groote and metalworker Shane Powell. Built with specialist Wheeleez wheels, wide axel and my rather...

All on the Same Journey

All on the Same Journey

Expeditions invariably test you with challenges but it always seems to be the toughest one that is the least expected. This time the Aral Crossing team face the same unanticipated challenge as the rest of the world. We are all on a voyage into the unknown.  The global...

Pawing Over the Map

Pawing Over the Map

A route briefing with Arabella, map spread out on her studio floor, offered some hairy moments with a determined bid from her two darling Irish terriers to be a presence if not at certainly on and all over the Aral Kum. As an ex Irish terrier owner, not only is all...

A Quick Run Through the Car Wash

A Quick Run Through the Car Wash

A crisp, cold morning with a zingy wind and blue skies. What a tease ... Set off optimistically on a 2-hour x-country yomp only to get a thorough rinsing in monsoon-like rain, then pebble-dashed by hail pellets, rounded off by blustery blow-dry in a gale, before...