Beyond Roads III: Return to the Musandam - now complete

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The Adventure Science team has attempted to complete this traverse twice, and has been rebuffed by the difficult terrain, searing heat, and waterless conditions. With no maps or data on the area, all progress is into the unknown. Although there are tiny fishing camps scattered along the coast, this mountainous region has not seen westerners visit it’s interior plateaus and peaks in well over 70 years. Over two field seasons, the team has explored extensively in this region, accessing difficult to reach areas in human-powered and self supported style. Along the way they’ve discovered dozens of archaeological sites, and have seen everything from historic animal leg traps left out to protect flocks from long eared foxes, caracals and leopards, to metre high pottery vessels entombed in ancient collapsed structures. This year they will return to tackle what appears to be the crux of the route, the 900 metre peak that looms above the villages of Sibi and Ash Shishah, and finish the traverse by walking back into Khasab. 

Epilogue, Dec. 24: The team has safely returned from the Musandam, having completed the traverse on this, the 3rd attempt. The trip was a success in all manners - from the primary goal of archaeological research - to the completion of the hiking traverse. As always, the Omanis and Kumzari people were incredibly hospitable, the terrain was challenging, new sites were discovered, and for a change, the temperature was extremely comfortable. The project report along with photos and video will be uploaded shortly. Congratulations to the team, and thank you to the expedition sponsors MerrellCanada Satellite, and the student team that produced our expedition maps from the Geography Department at the University of Northern Alabama

 


In Franklin's Footsteps

 A painting HMS Erebus in the Ice, 1846, by Francois Etienne Musin, 19th century.

A painting HMS Erebus in the Ice, 1846, by Francois Etienne Musin, 19th century.

With the recent underwater discoveries of Sir John Franklin’s two vessels, the Erebus and Terror, the mystery of what happened to Franklin and his team may be finally coming to a close. A team of 6 athlete-adventurers will embark to King William Island in the Canadian Arctic to retrace the supposed route of Captain Sir John Franklin’s doomed crew, to gain a better understanding of what it would have been like to have lived and travelled through this region without the ancient knowledge of the Inuit, in tribute to the men who died here. The 100-mile trek will be a continuous exploration of the coastline. This desolate, and water-logged landscape will test this core team of experienced athletes and adventurers. 

 Map showing the search routes for Sir John Franklin’s lost (and recently found) ships. The larger, more southern blue circle indicates the area that Erebus was found, whereas the smaller more northern blue circle indicates the area that the Terror has allegedly been found. (Map: Chris Brackley/Canadian Geographic)

Map showing the search routes for Sir John Franklin’s lost (and recently found) ships. The larger, more southern blue circle indicates the area that Erebus was found, whereas the smaller more northern blue circle indicates the area that the Terror has allegedly been found. (Map: Chris Brackley/Canadian Geographic)


Thailand Fossil Expedition

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In partnership with the Thai government, Adventure Science is leading a team of athletes and adventurers into the jungle in search of undiscovered dinosaur fossils and tracks. Although known to have important
paleontological deposits, the target region has been lightly explored as a whole, but is on trend with past discoveries. In a land where many of the finds are made by well informed local villagers, there is significant potential for discoveries to be made during this two week long project.