Edition 1 - The Empty Quarter

My very first Project Pause saw me dive straight into the second biggest desert in the world; The Empty Quarter, which covers Oman, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Amongst the vast dunes, I set up a basic camp for a week. The infinity of the dunes was a constant reminder of just how remote I was. I spent much time running and fat biking, without of course, spotting a single soul. The unexpected element was a severe two-day sand storm, so crazy that even Abu Dhabi airport was closed. It made for a challenging time but also some great film content…

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Edition 2 - The Hajar Mountains

Building on my previous desert experience, I was keen to explore new terrain. I chose the Hajar Mountains, a dry and barren mountain range that runs along the south of the Arabian Peninsula. I adore fresh mountain air and the energy of jagged, barren rock. I spotted a suitable camping site on an earlier recce. I hiked in all my gear for a week, tied my hammock under a big tree and voila. Let Project Pause unfold itself…

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Edition 3 – Salma Plateau Oman

Oman rocks. This edition of Project Pause, I headed to a vast and remote caving system on the Salma Plateau. The exit of this underground chamber system is from the Khaf Tahry cave, which is where I set up my camp for a week. With an altitude of 600m I was hoping to find some cooler temperatures and some shade from the cave during the hot afternoons. From my basecamp, I explored the valley, went trail running and read Busy: How to Thrive in a World of Too Much by Tony Crabbe. There was little that needed to happen, yet there was enough to keep me engaged…

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Project Pause – 2018

I’m planning early 2018 to go wilder and further north. Northern Scandinavia perhaps. Stunning mountains. Pure greenery. Breathtaking scenery.

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