4 March 2021
Dr Alan Crofts is an accomplished organiser of independent exploratory expeditions in desert regions. In this talk, he will present an entertaining summary of conducting global expeditions to desert lands using stories from a variety of desert terrains.
Having an interest in desert lands from his early years, Alan first explored the North American deserts during his time as a post-doctoral researcher in Baltimore. Upon returning to the United Kingdom in the mid 1990s, he organised his first independent expedition and crossed the Western Sahara desert from North to South, recruiting a specialised team and purchasing a used Land Rover to accomplish the project.
Since then, he has organised, from scratch, independent exploratory expeditions to cross deserts such as the Central Sahara desert; Karakum desert of Turkmenistan, AL Rub al Khali Arabian empty quarter, Kalahari and Namib deserts of Botswana, Namibia and Angola, Thar desert of Northwest India, Gobi desert of Mongolia and Chihuahuan desert of Mexico. He has also conducted solo expeditions in Chad, the Atacama desert in Chile and a crossing the Simpson desert in Australia using the Hay river track. He has been sponsored by industry to path find routes and water sources throughout the Eastern Sahara and the Central Asian Kyzl Kum.
Alan is in the process of publishing a book on desert exploration with Gibson Square, London.
This event has been organised by the Yorkshire and North East regional committee. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with enquiries.
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