Craghoppers ambassador and BBC 2 presenter, Alice Morrison, has embarked on her hardest expedition yet across the largest desert in the world. Alice is walking 2,000km across the Sahara to record the effects of climate change on the Sahrawi people.
Alice started the journey on 26 November with five camels and three local guides to explore a virtually unknown part of the desert. They expect the walk to take three months to complete.
Before setting off, Alice said: “I will be tracking the deathstalker scorpion, hunting for meteorites, investigating the unique sand statues of the south, and searching for the lost great bird monuments which lie hidden in the dunes.
“Vipers and scorpions are common in the region and their bites and stings can cause death. We will be equipped with anti-venom medicine, but this doesn’t work for every species.
“Vitally, myself and the team will be recording what is happening to the Sahrawi people and the environment of the Sahara as the world heats up. In the last 100 years, the Sahara has expanded its territory by 10%, eating into arable land as desertification spreads. Desertification is one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time and climate change is making it worse”.
The team risks running out of water as there are no official maps to show where the wells are located. They will follow the Nomads grazing routes in hope to find grazing for the camels, but if climate change has taken hold, Alice and her guides will need to buy in supplies.
Alice has packed a selection of technical Craghoppers clothing, to keep her cool in the day and warm at night. The kit includes merino baselayers, due to its insulating properties and antibacterial features. She has also packed the lightweight Expolite Jacket and the award-winning Salado Hi walking boots (available in SS20).
Alice added: “Extreme temperatures will be one of the greatest challenges myself and the team will face. Rainfall is virtually non-existent, there are no clouds, with bright sunshine over 91% of the time and the highest average daily temperature of 47 °C or 117 °F has been recorded here. But that is not the worst of it, sand and ground temperatures are even more extreme and can easily reach 80 °C or 176 °F in the daytime, which is hell on the feet. Coupled with the heat is extreme cold at night-time. Temperatures will plummet to below freezing after sunset”.
Follow Alice’s journey on Craghopper’s Instagram: @craghoppersofficial and Twitter: @CraghoppersUK