Travels on a camel in the Desert of Lop

John Hare founder of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation is visiting the borders to give a talk about his expedition
John Hare founder of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation is visiting the borders to give a talk about his expedition

Earlier this year, explorer, conservationist and author, John Hare travelled with 15 domestic camels, a Chinese scientist and four Kazakh herdsmen on a 325 mile journey over two huge barriers of sand dunes in the remote, waterless Desert of Lop.

The route had not been attempted before and John was slightly unnerved to find himself faced with sand dunes over 1500 feet high, one of which took over two hours to cross. The complete journey lasted just under three weeks. He encountered extremely low temperatures and two sand storms of considerable intensity and his head Kazakh herdsman had his right arm removed from its socket by a kick from a camel.  John Hare founder of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation (WCPF), a UK registered charity where Dr. Jane Goodall DBE is the Life Patron, will be discussing this journey on October 25 in Galashiels as part of this season’s Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s Inspiring People talks programme.

John’s presentation starts at 7.30pm in Scottish Borders Campus, Netherdale, Galashiels, £8 for adults (redeemable if buying membership) and free for under 18s, students and RSGS members. Tickets are available on the night from the venue.