A Year In Oman
OutdoorUAE|December 2017

A Year In Oman

Marina Bruce

My first big trip in Oman was in February to the Umm As Sameem – the sandstorm edition. There was bad weather forecast but having crossed the border and paid for visas everyone was still keen to go. Having done a risk assessment based on the forecast we concluded that there was no danger to our group, so off we went.

Usually when we cross the Umm As Sameem I suggest to my group that they might like to imagine a cloudy day with no sun, and how difficult and dangerous it would be to navigate with a camel train; well, we may have had modern-day camels, i.e. capable 4x4s and a track to drive on but they didn’t need to stretch their imaginations hard to visualize my scenario – the visibility was 100 meters in places. Our friends Nikos and Yanis cycled the last 100kms of the track with their fat bikes and you can read about their adventure in the March 2017 edition.

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