Mysteries of the Gobi & Across the Sahara, two talks with John Hare
1. Mysteries of the Gobi - Searching for wild camels and lost cities in the heart of Asia
2. Across the Sahara. Riding Pasha, his beloved white camel, from Lake Chad with 25 camels, 4 Tuaregs, a Chinese professor, a white Kenyan rancher and a young Englishman
Two illustrated talks:
1. Mysteries of the Gobi - Searching for wild camels and lost cities in the heart of Asia.
Two expeditions into the Gobi desert of China, with the survey of two undiscovered valleys where wildlife had no fear of man. The expeditions yielded the significant find of mummified human remains that predate Chinese settlement by 2000 years. The mummies represent an archaeological and anthropological puzzle which is so far uncrackable. The team also discovered an outpost of Lou Lan (called Tu-ying) on the Middle Silk Road.
2. Across the Sahara - Riding Pasha, his beloved white camel, John Hare set out from Lake Chad with 25 camels, 4 Tuaregs, a Chinese professor, a white Kenyan rancher and a young Englishman. His objective: to reach Tripoli, following an ancient camel route, last completed in 1906 by Hanns Vischer and notorious in the days of slavery as a road of extreme hardship and death. The journey took 3 months and covered 1462 miles. The party encountered descendants of people who had met and entertained Hanns Vischer, and they introduced the Tuareg to the powers of acupuncture and the ancient art of Tai Chi.
John is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers’ Club of America. He has lectured to the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Society for Asian Affairs and the United Nations. In the USA, he has lectured to The Smithsonian, the American Museum of Natural History, the Explorers’ Club and the China Institute.
He was awarded the Lawrence of Arabia Memorial Medal by the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, for exploration under extreme hazard. He has also received the Mungo Park medal and the Ness Award. His surveys in the Gobi desert lead to the establishment of the Lop Nur Wild Camel National Nature Reserve in an area previously used by China as a nuclear test site.