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EC Stories Bristol 13 March: Crossing the Empty Quarter with Mark Evans

On Monday 13th of March, get inspired at Bristol Grammar School. Hear Mark Evans talk about his epic crossing of the world's largest contiguous sand desert on foot and camel last winter. His 49-day, 1,300 kilometre journey follows in the footsteps of a Bristolian explorer almost a century ago. 

This month’s talk is in association with the Royal Geographical Society.  Please be aware there is a different venue, date and talk start time to usual events.

Covering 650,000 square kilometres of the Arabian Peninsula, the Empty Quarter is one of the hottest, driest, and loneliest places on earth. A hundred years ago it was the last great unknown. Today, the Empty Quarter remains a true wilderness location. In human terms it is now emptier than it has ever been, with most of the Bedouin moving to its periphery.  

In 1930, British explorer Bertram Thomas, born in Pill, near Bristol, completed the first recorded crossing of The Empty Quarter.  Guided by Sheikh Saleh Bin Kalut and a team of Omanis, they walked nearly 1,000 kilometres through the inhospitable landscape. Last year, British explorer Mark Evans and another team of Omanis followed in their footsteps on a journey that hadn’t been repeated in 85 years.

Join us to hear about Mark’s experience as part of the team.

Meet like-minded people. Get inspired. Everyone welcome. 

Doors open at 6.30pm, talk begins at 7.00pm prompt

Venue: Great Hall, Bristol Grammar School, BS8 1SR


Tickets are available in advance only.

  • £5.50 / £4.40 to EC CLUB members including booking fees - click "BOOK NOW" below.  
  • Free to RGS-IBG Members (registration required below**)

Exciting news: We have a new booking system.  It will save you time by remembering all of your important details.  It will also automatically recognise if you are booking during the earlybird discount period and if you are an EC CLUB Member so you'll never miss a discount. 

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**Fellows and Members of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG are eligible for free tickets to this event, however you must still register for a ticket for this event using the form below.  Please bring your confirmation email and your RGS-IBG membership cards with you on the night of the event

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