As I was reaching the end of my hike in Israel I could see the Jordanian mountains in the distance across the dead sea. They looked spectacular and I felt a real urge to be there. I haven’t been able to get Jordan off my mind ever since so….it was time to make plans. And, in true Bex Band style, it’s going to involve a fair bit of pain and torture!

Taking a break to enjoy the view

Adventure talks

For this expedition, I need to go back to the beginning of October when I found myself in Bristol. I was on the panel discussion for Shextreme, a film festival, and the following day was speaking at the Women’s Adventure Expo.

Panel discussion at Shextreme

On Saturday night I found myself in a pub sat with Mollie Hughes (the youngest woman in the world to climb Everest from both sides) and Cal Major (an absolute SUP legend). Two women I have so much respect for!

We got on great. So….I asked them if they fancied hiking across Jordan’s desert self-supported.

(For the record, I hadn’t been quite so intense on the night we met. I offered to meet for a second drink but just didn’t mention that I pictured it being a cocktail at a resort at the end of a long hike in Jordan)

They said yes!

I know we are 3 very different women and have only met once very briefly. But if we can survive a drink in a cosy Bristol pub, then we can survive a desert…right?!

Hiking Jordan Expedition

Tiso Hike Jordan Expedition

Thanks to Scotlands top outdoor store, Tiso, our team will be heading to Jordan on 21st March. We are flying to Amman where we will taxi to the start of our expedition in Dana.

We have over 200km to trek before we reach Wadi Rum, our endpoint. Along the way we will pass Petra and remote desert, wild camping each night and carrying all our own food and water supplies.

Plans and preparations

It’s really fun having a team to help plan a new expedition with. We’ve allocated jobs and are gearing up ready for our departure. There’s not a huge amount in terms of preparation for the trek itself. Mostly it is downloading the maps to a GPS (there are no paper ones available) and sussing out our biggest headache of all – water supplies.

I’m feeling in fairly good shape following my Norway expedition but will spend some time in the coming weeks doing some long hike days and carrying a heavy backpack around.

Of course, our relaxation day at the end was a priority. Thanks to the guys at Movenpick Tala Bay, we will be spending our last 2 nights in Aqaba in luxury, soaking our sore feet and maybe finding time for a spot of diving. Expeditions don’t have to be entirely torturous….

 

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