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‘Beyond Roads’

Northern Oman, December 2017

Last December I joined the Adventure Science team on an expedition to the Musandam Peninsula in Northern Oman. 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.