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article imageExplorer to cross hottest place in the world - Danakil Desert Special

By Lynn Morris     Mar 13, 2011 in Travel
Explorer Jeremy Curl will this summer attempt to cross the Danakil Desert in Ethiopia by foot. If he succeeds he would be the first man alive to do so.
The 500 mile journey will take him from Mekelle in the north of Ethiopia to the Awash River south.
Jeremy Curl, 28, said: “It is the hottest place on earth. There have been a number of attempts to cross it but they haven’t worked. Knowing no-one alive has crossed it makes it more attractive.”
Curl attempted the crossing himself last year but had to halt the expedition when a tribal leader would not let him pass through his land. The Afar tribe are notoriously hostile to outsiders and do not welcome people passing through. This time if the same thing happens Curl is prepared to detour around.
He will travel with three or four tribesmen and the same number of camels. They need to carry all the water needed for the journey as well as food and fodder for the animals. The journey should take between 30 and 40 days.
Explorer Jeremy Curl in the desert in Ethiopia.
Explorer Jeremy Curl in the desert in Ethiopia.
Courtesy of Jeremy Curl
Curl said: “It is not a big desert but it is cruel.”
There are active volcanoes and lava boulders, which he will need to detour around.
Curl explained that the expedition must take place this summer, despite the fact it will be the hottest time of year, because there are plans to build a road through the desert.
He said: “I don’t want to walk across a desert if there is a road.”
Curl is fascinated by deserts because they have remained unchanged for years.
Camels crossing the desert.
Camels crossing the desert.
Courtesy of Jeremy Curl
He added: “It could be any time or any place. You get away from it all and start to value things like food, water and sleep.”
In 2008 Curl became the youngest Westerner to cross the Sahara without motorised transport. In 2010 he walked the Lower Omo River Valley in Southern Ethiopia. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
For more information visit his website JeremyCurl.com.
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