A Walk in the Desert of Oman

Ellie, a Brit currently living in Vancouver, plays Ultimate Frisbee. Her plate tossing propensity takes her everything over the spot, contending in worldwide competitions in remote of the earth, and this year, her difficult work and devotion to the game has earned her a spot on the Canadian National Team; she will speak to at the World Ultimate Championships in bright London in a little more than a month's time.

Be that as it may, Ellie's gifts and interests aren't restricted to totally dominating her rivals on the Frisbee pitch. She likewise ascends mountains and rock faces and by and large loves an old fashioned experience. Not the sort to surrender one for the other, Ellie exploits the overall travel by arranging post competition undertakings in wild places. A year ago, in the wake of contending in the World Championships of Beach Ultimate in Dubai, Ellie and a few companions had a little vitality to save, so went for a stroll into the Oman Desert. Here's her story:

What initially motivated you to go for a stroll in the desert?

I have constantly adored adventuring – I figured I may develop out of it, however haven't up until this point! I am additionally intrigued by outrageous or remarkable scenes and conditions so as I hadn't invested a lot of energy in deserts, it was consistently on my rundown. And afterward I ran over the film "Into the Empty Quarter" and I needed to do it (in spite of the fact that on an a lot littler scope lamentably!)

Ellie strolling in the desert

When you were arranging it, what was your greatest hindrance?

The greatest obstruction was presumably getting data; the travel industry in Oman, in the same way as other different nations, is centered around a couple of various alternatives – you could go scuba-jumping, you could join a voyage through the sights, or you could contract a jeep and do a self drive visit. Accomplishing something one of a kind or gutsy didn't appear to be on the cards. For instance we were unable to discover a guide of the desert so we just printed off pictures from Google Earth!

How could you beat the absence of data?

Fortunately I discovered a blog by Tim Moss, another swashbuckler who lived in Oman, and he was incredible at addressing a portion of our inquiries concerning unit and water sources. The rest, we simply had confidence we could turn out on the ground – we expected to get transport from the capital Muscat to the edge of the desert and hadn't figured out how to discover any data in advance. We told our first cab driver (in broken English) what we required, and he rang a companion who rang his sibling who got us and took us to another companion, acquired their vehicle, and took us to his cousin to drive. All arranged in 60 minutes. That is exactly how things work.

Asylum in the desert

What amount did it cost (generally) to do the climb?

In spite of the fact that Oman is definitely not a modest nation, it was uniquely around £100-150 each, with four individuals. We were at that point in Dubai so cash was spent on the transport to Muscat (Oman), taxi passages, nourishment and water. We had a large portion of the unit ourselves and a few things we managed with – acquired my Dad's groundsheet, and fixed silver covers to the outside for a canvas to protect from the sun. We just had one 'water bladder' (and it burst on the main day!), so we each conveyed seven 2 liter jugs of water from the store, and unendingly ensured we kept them upstanding consistently!

What was the greatest test you looked during the outing?

The greatest test was likely choosing how remote we needed to go. With no experience and a battle to discover data, we discussed and umm-ed and errr-ed about which course to take – cross the desert yet remain nearer to the edge; closer to finding support in the event that we had any issues (we imagined scorpion stings/parchedness and so forth.) Or cross all the more midway – increasingly remote and audacious, however possibly a few days trek away from any other person.

Desert life

Another test was the weight and size of our packs. On the main day, with 15 liters of water and nourishment for four days, our packs were a long way from light. We attempted to eliminate abundance weight however it was difficult to locate the standard sorts of nourishment we would take trekking, and we thought little of how substantial they would feel when attempting to climb a lofty ridge of delicate sand, particularly after you've played seven days in length frisbee competition! Jess (one of our group) stressed her hamstring and we needed to change our course to get her out of the desert. Fortunately we had settled on a moderately traditionalist course; a large portion of a day took us genuinely near the edge (and a little town).

What did you love the most about your time in the desert?

The landscape! What's more, remoteness. The breeze etched ridges were not terrible, but not great either delightful, and strolling shoeless with sand between your toes as the sun went down felt like we were so far away from everything and encountering something extremely remarkable.

We likewise met a traveling family crowding camels who were unfathomably inviting, and it was astounding to perceive how they live the vast majority of their lives right now.

Strolling on desert sand rises

What guidance would you provide for somebody arranging a comparable experience?

Do it!! In the event that you're consistently fit and have a decent lot of sound judgment, at that point it's unquestionably conceivable. Take a compass, more water and less nourishment, and less extravagances than you most likely think. We chose not to take any cooking hardware, which was certainly a decent call – it was dreadfully hot to be especially ravenous.

This was my pressing rundown:


Long pants – regularly moved up to 3/4 length

Sports bra

Change of clothing

Long sleeve top


Huge scarf to cover my head with


Trail running shoes


Other stuff


Trekking shafts

Move tangle

Camping cot and liner

Bivy sack

Covering (10ft sq)

Intelligent silver cover


Front light


Print outs of google maps


Medical aid unit

Nourishment per individual:

14 liters of water

6 pockets of fish

Bundles of dates, dried apricots and nuts

12 little packs of Crackers

12 little packs of rolls

2 apples

2 oranges

OK return to the desert for another undertaking or have you had your fill of wind and sand and open space?

At the point when we chose to do this, beside investing energy with old buddies, I figured it would be type three enjoyment – an extraordinary story a short time later and a test ticked off. I figured it may be dreary and the absence of a 'summit' would be irritating, however it wasn't. For reasons unknown I adored it. The smaller than expected pinnacles of each large rise, and new perspectives opening up, just as the sentiment of strolling on sand, were astonishing. Having said that, I don't will in general recurrent undertakings when there are such huge numbers of new ones to attempt; next I am hoping to do a type of ice trip.


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