Adrian Hayes recounts 44 days / 1000 mile Empty Quarter journey

Posted: Jan 24, 2014 12:09 pm EST

(Newsdesk) Former Gurkha officer and Arabic speaking Adrian Hayes first learned of Thesiger when he served a 2 year tour with the Sultan of Oman’s Forces in the 1990s and vowed one day to repeat his first crossing of the desert.


Adrian will be recounting his 44 day and 1000 mile crossing of the ‘Empty Quarter’ of the Arabian Desert by foot and camel in the trail of legendary 1940s British explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger at the Royal Geographic Society, London, on Thursday 30th January 2014 at 7:00pm.


In his powerful story, accompanied by stunning images and film, he speaks of the largely unheralded achievements of Thesiger and his companions’ journeys in the 1940s, the reality of attempting the same journey 65 years later in 2011 with his own Bedouin team and the changed lives and culture of the Bedouin and peoples of the Arabian Peninsula. 

The documentary 'Footsteps of Thesiger' was broadcast on Discovery Channel in 2013 and Hayes’s self-written book of the same name published the same year, available for sale on the evening.


Start:  7.00pm - doors & bar open 6:30pm

Tickets: £12


Royal Geographical Society
1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR


Tickets can now be purchased here.


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Adrian Hayes previously to ExWeb about his book: "The end result therefore is a multi-dimensional journey that includes delving far deeper into what made Thesiger who he was, regional history and the ever present politics of the Gulf, the environmental challenges both we and the region faced/faces, the way of life of the Bedouin today and the huge challenges we encountered on the journey.”
courtesy Adrian Hayes, SOURCE

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