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British duo cross Arabian Desert with cart in tow

Alastair Humphreys and Leon McCarron pull their cart

Alastair Humphreys and Leon McCarron pulling their cart

Cart tugging across “the Empty Quarter”

Humphreys and McCarron with their cart

Humphreys and McCarron with their cart

The pinkish-orange sand dunes of Saudi Arabia: a beautiful part of our earth’s biodiversity–challenge any who seek to cross its barren stretches. British adventurers Alastair Humphreys and Leon McCarron seek to better the camel in the Arabian desert. “The locals we met were the kindest, friendliest and most welcoming, but they thought what we were doing was completely crazy.”

Humphreys and McCarron crossed “the empty quarter.”  The Empty Quarter (in Arabic known as Rub’ al Khali) is the largest sand desert in the world. It encompasses just about all of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula, including Saudi Arabia and areas of Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. The desert covers some 650,000 square kilometres (250,000 sq mi). 

The goal of the two men was to retrace the footsteps of a great British legend–Wilfred Thesiger, who had made two separate desert explorations in the 1940s charting vast tracts of the Empty Quarter.

Truth be told!

Just as I, these two adventurers came to Saudi Arabia having received dire warnings of terrorists and impending danger. And, just as I, Humphreys and McCarron found themselves safe–safer than some places we might be in our home countries.

“It was very safe,” Humphreys said. “Before I went a lot of people were thinking  ‘Oh you’re going to the Middle East. You’ll definitely be killed by Islamic terrorists!’ but it was so much safer than even the United Kingdom.”

Read more about these adventurers at:

Or, watch this YouTube video describing their incredible desert adventure:


Sources: CNN, Wikipedia, YouTube,


February 4, 2014 - Posted by | Arabian Desert, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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