Desert Venture

This Desert Venture/Survival course will take you to the Arabian Deserts made famous by the movie Lawrence of Arabia. Sat in the south of Jordan, North of the Red Sea and to the East of the Jordan valley this is where the sand dune deserts collide with their sandstone mountain cousins.

Initial training and acclimatisation will take place near the old city of Petra, where we’ll ride Arab horses (no riding experience necessary at all) and see Old Petra from a way no tourist can these days. From Petra we move deep into the desert of Wadi Rum, start to learn how to drive 4×4 vehicles and trek, navigate, rappel and live in this beautiful, but harsh environment.

Desert Venture and Survival

Eventually the training is behind you and for several days in a small group you will be placed in a simulated survival and escape situation. With just basic survival kit and little water or food you will have to navigate your way out of the desert, by night, to safety. A distance the same as a marathon. We call this Long Drag (after the final walk on SAS Selection test week), where there is not only the practical problems of daily existence to cope with, but also the psychological difficulties of not having those modern luxuries, of being in a strange environment, of little water, of lack of sleep, of an arduous environment and hard walk….. can you cope?

If you’re interested in all the above and would like to know when thr next Desert Venture trip is taking place, have a look at our Dates & Costs page.


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