Our Arabian odyssey begins! The team have flown from across the Arabian Peninsula and Europe to convene in the capital of Oman, Muscat. The last time the team met each other was back in September on a windy glacier in northern Europe (Iceland to be exact). The vibe of this training expedition will be very different. This time, for the European team members, it is all about experiencing something of the Middle East - but for everyone the Omani dessert will provide plenty of challenges.
Over the next 10 days we have three aims - to practice the hard skills we learnt in Iceland (such as GPS navigation, route finding and camp routines); to further develop the trust we have in each other as a team (particularly when setting the pace and taking turns at navigating); to further address the cultural aims of the expedition through discussion and experience.
PLUS the small matter of crossing not one, but two desserts!
We were not likely to find SNOW or ICE in the dessert (unless it was floating in our drinks) but some of the team had hatched a plan to find a landscape that at first glance could be Polar....