Jeremy will attempt to build on Nesbitt’s success and record a 21st Century account of the Danakil and its people
THE HELL HOLE OF CREATION.
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Jeremy Curl, along with Luke Glowacki, a biological anthropologist at Harvard University, are set to become the only living people and possibly the last, to complete a true crossing of the Danakil Desert, 500 miles from North to South Ethiopia, unsupported, on foot and with the use of camels in temperatures that can reach past 60 degrees C.
Furthermore, they will come face to face with the Afar tribe who inhabit the area and have a well-documented fearsome reputation as warriors. The Afar people compete and sometimes clash with other tribes over territory and water.
The expedition will record its encounters with the Afar Tribe and aims to bring home details of the tribal trade which is done by camel, and documenting the transporting of the mined salt out to the frontier town of Mekele. More than a million camels pass through Mekele each year, but with a road due to be built by Chinese contractors through the heart of the desert, caravans could vanish forever, forcing a proud tribe to possibly leave the desert for the towns.
Jeremy said “it is not a big desert, like the Sahara, but a cruel desert. In the Afar depression there is absolutely no life, no vegetation whatsoever, meaning no shade at all. This means we will have to try and walk through the searing heat every day as best we can.”
Although there have been many unsuccessful expeditions to cross the Danakil over the last 100 years they have all been wiped out, apart from Nesbitt who was the first to gain access to the interior of the Desert and come back alive.
Jeremy will attempt to build on Nesbitt’s success and record a 21st Century account of the Danakil and its people.
Animal Kingdom presenter Steve Leonard, who encountered the Danakil whilst filming “The hottest place on earth” for the BBC, said of Jeremy’s expedition, “This is going to test Jeremy harder than anything he has done before. Environments don’t get much harder than this. I wish him all the best for this incredible challenge.”
Already hailed as the next “Lawrence of Arabia”, Jeremy’s Record Breaking Trans Danakil Desert Expedition 2011 will see him travel a unique journey that will document a landscape unavailable to the many and to share a rare interaction with the nomadic people who inhabit this inhospitable area.
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