T.E. Lawrence Adventurous Training - Advice Please

Discussion in 'Sports, Adventure Training and Events' started by IffleyRoad, Jan 20, 2011.

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  1. Good Afternoon.

    I am planning on organising an AT trip to re-create one of Lawrence's camel treks. Probably from Wadi Rum to Aqaba.

    I would be greatful for advice people can give on any aspect of planning this.

    I'm looking to take around 6-8 soldiers and we'll depart from Cyprus so hopefully this should keep the costs down.

    Any points on the following would be very helpful:

    - Possible funding streams
    - Necessary clearances
    - Admin tips (other than it's not a place in China)
    - Useful contacts
    - Relevant PXRs

    Thanks in advance

  2. You may want to re-think that, camels are really poor swimmers.
  3. copepod

    copepod Old-Salt Book Reviewer

    I'm sure I remember reading a book called something like "In the Footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia" written by Charles Blackmore, an officer who led a group of soldiers on a camel trek, Royal Green Jackets, if I remember correctly. Might be worth searching out?
  4. Thanks for the speedy replies. Will definitely look for the book.

    Sandmanfez - I have been reliably told that I can procure swimming camels. A bit more expensive but definitely worth it.
  5. Were it possible to include one, perhaps, more 'gap year' ACF type personalities, I could advise on a funding stream which could accommodate their expenses for such a trip.
  6. Could well be possible to include an 'ACF type'. I will look into it. Thanks.
  7. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Try and contact Michael Asher too (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Asher_(explorer), he has done many desert trips on camel in the footsteps of Lawrence and Thesiger, he also ran Camel tours for a number of years in the Sudan, so what he doesn't know isn't worth knowing, you can reach him through his website: Deep Ecology
  8. More very good advice - I will send him an email this weekend.