Famed British explorer, Sir Wilfred Thesiger, spent five years (1946-1950) living with the Bedouin of Southern Arabia and crossing the legendary Rub Al Khali — or Empty Quarter — of the Arabian desert twice, with many smaller excursions.
Sixty-five years after his first crossing, Arabic-speaking British adventurer Adrian Hayes attempted to retrace Thesiger’s footsteps with his own crossing of the desert by camel and foot over forty-four days, similarly accompanied by two Bedouin companions and a number of other travelers. What they encountered was a far different world to what Thesiger saw, facing numerous challenges that didn’t exist years earlier, yet experiencing a culture and hospitality that has changed little over the years.
In Footsteps of Thesiger, Hayes will share the beginnings over his two-year Army secondment to Oman; the politics and problems in even getting to the start line; the challenging journey through the Jebel Qara mountains, the wadis and plains of the region; the changing lives of the Bedouin today; and the beauty yet brutality of the largest sand desert in the world.
With most news originating from the Middle East being highly negative in nature, Adrian Hayes’ visually stunning presentation brings a balanced, yet honest, portrayal of a region and its peoples steeped in history, culture and hardships.
Adrian Hayes is a British record-breaking polar explorer & adventurer, keynote speaker, business coach, author and campaigner. An Arabic and Nepalese speaking former Airbus Middle East Sales Director, British Army Gurkha Officer and Special Forces soldier, in his expedition work he has achieved more major goals the past ten years than most people in the world – Everest, K2, the North Pole, South Pole, the length of Greenland by kite-ski, the Arabian Desert by camel, two Guinness World Records, two documentaries and one book.
Adrian has featured in two television documentaries: the 2011 National Geographic Channel Greenland Quest and the 2013 Discovery Channel Footsteps of Thesiger. His first book, Footsteps of Thesiger, was published in 2013 and he will be signing copies of the book, on sale at a special price, after the lecture.
Date: Monday, September 19, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture
Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021
Member Ticket Price: $10
Guest Ticket Price: $25
Student Ticket Price:
$5 with a valid Student ID
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