NOTES FROM THE ROAD


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Leaving Djanet…


Beginning the journey back home…


24 April 2017: Has been a very fruitful journey working with a great Djanet-based team. Leaving today, but laid some solid groundwork for a return in the near future. The freedom and beauty of this corner of the Sahara is unparalleled…



A Final Day in the Desert…


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Enjoying a last day of desert freedom…


23 April 2017: Last day out in the desert today, and stretching out the return taking the “back” way over sand and rock rather than the highway until we are almost back to Djanet. So hard to say goodbye to this special place and such a great team. The skies have cleared again and looks like flight out will take off tomorrow…



Meeting with Local Nomads…


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Talking with herding families…


22 April 2017: We met with some of the nomad families that have been herding in this area for generations and spoke informally about their current concerns. While some areas of the UNESCO sites are blocked to nomadic herders, other lands are open and the families are able to graze their animals here. We were able to distribute some food to a few of the families and chat about their hopes for rain, as the sky darkened a bit…


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THIS MONTH:
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Heading into south-eastern Algeria near the borders with Libya and Niger, for a return to the Sahara with a new scouting mission. Exciting to be able to explore a different part of this vast desert and connect with the local communities in the region. From a base in Djanet, we will explore the Tadrart up to the Libyan border and then loop back to Erg Admer heading northwest to the Ihrir oasis…


COMING UP SOON:

Teaching navigational skills and talking about international overlanding at the First Annual Wheelers Overland Adventure, May 18-21 at Anthracite Offroad Adventure Area (AOAA) in eastern Pennsylvania. The four-day overland camping and wheeling event is sponsored by Quadratec and Offroad Consulting, and brings together a diverse group of overlanders for trail runs, skills instruction, and networking opportunities in a festival atmosphere with onsite camping and optional activities the whole family can enjoy…

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Trail Guiding for the 9th annual Topless for Tatas Charity Wheeling Event at Rausch Creek off-road park 11-13 August. TFT brings together off-roaders from all over to raise awareness about Breast Cancer and raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Last year’s event raised over $30,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation…


THE BLUE HEART CAMPAIGN

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Team Engage supports the UN’s Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking and the Blue Heart Campaign as their platform to raise awareness about global human trafficking— an issue which disproportionately effects women. Human trafficking is modern day slavery and includes sex trafficking (forced prostitution and forced marriage), labor trafficking (domestic servitude, sweatshops and fraudulent bonded labor contracts), child soldiers and organ trafficking. According to the International Labor Organization, nearly 21 million people or 3 out of every 1,000 people worldwide are victims of human trafficking. The UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking was established in 2010 and provides direct humanitarian, legal and financial aid to human trafficking victims. They provide grants to small grassroot NGOs that directly assist victims with housing, food, legal aid, access to justice, psychosocial support, medical care and training. Click here to donate directly to the Fund…

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