James borrell is a conservation scientist and science communicator, with a particular interest in how species adapt to changing climate.

Expedition Update: Wadi Base Camp

Stephen and myself are heading back to Salalah, and then home, tomorrow. Our four weeks with BSES are unfortunately up, but before we give our final goodbyes we’ll just update you all about how the group has been doing recently.

We arrived at the Wadi two days ago after a bumpy boat ride. After frantically alighting, and then unloading, we were left with the task of trekking all of the kit a few kilometers up to our new Base Camp. After a fitful sleep (and our first experience with ration packs) that night, we awoke and immediately began to make the new camp more homely. We then set up a shelter (guaranteed life expectancy to be at least 10 times that of our previous shelters), organized the food, and set up other systems destined to make camp life if not easier, more comfortable.

While Stephen dedicated his last day to science, I chose to build a highly complicated suspension bridge with George, Oli, and Tino, to our new found supply of washing water. A feat of modern engineering, with an inventive use of swamp grass.

Its hard to leave the expedition at such an exciting time with an entire Wadi to explore. We will both miss the simplicity of life outdoors, the friends we’ve made and beautiful Oman, but all good things come to an end. Goodbye for now BSES and we’ll see you soon as members!

Elliott Simpson and Stephen Ye

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