Near Death in the Desert: True Stories of Disaster and Survival

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Cecil Kuhne
Vintage Books, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 418 pages
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“The night was heavy with foreboding. The rain, which had been spitting down on us during the late afternoon, grew heavier. It hurled into our faces, borne by a wind that was now gusting between the dunes at full force. . . . It was the worst storm we had encountered and Ned was out in it alone.” —Justin Marozzi, South from BarbaryCecil Kuhne's newest anthology gathers the best adventure stories from the world's most barren landscapes. Ranging from 19th-century explorers to modern-day journalists, these desert trekkers deal with everything from deserting men, corrupt armed soldiers, and Nigerian bush taxis to suspicious natives, stubborn camels, and debilitating sunburn. These thirteen tales are more than suspenseful; they also show how life can survive in the most punishing climates.Also featuring: Robyn Davidson's Desert Places-Robyn Davidson follows the Rubari people across the Thar as she tries to adapt to a difficult-but fascinating-way of life. Michael Asher's Two Against the Sahara-Newlyweds embark upon a nine-month, 4500-mile journey across the world's largest desert, traveling from Morocco to Sudan. Bayle St. John's Adventure in the Libyan Desert-In 1847, a team of four trek deep into Libya in search of an oasis. But what they find is even more astounding…
 

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Contents

PREFACE
FOREWORDRobyn Davidson
TWO AGAINST THE SAHARAOn Camelback from Nouakchott to the Nile
RIDING THE DEMONOn the Road in West Africa
DESERT PLACES
SAHARA UNVEILEDA Journey Across the Desert
INTO A DESERT PLACEA 3000 Mile Walk Around the Coast of Baja California
SOUTH FROM BARBARYAlong the Slave Routes of the Libyan Sahara
THE EXPLORATIONOF THE COLORADO RIVERAND ITS CANYONS
ADVENTURES IN THE LIBYAN DESERT
GLORY IN A CAMELS EYETrekking Through the Moroccan Sahara
THE LAST NOMADOne Mans FortyYear Adventure in the Worlds Most Remote Deserts Mountains and Marshes
FORBIDDEN SANDSA Search in the Sahara
NOTES ON THE CONTRIBUTORS
PERMISSIONS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ALSO EDITED BY CECIL KUHNE

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About the author (2009)

Cecil Kuhne is the editor of two previous anthologies on adventure travel, On the Edge and The Armchair Paddler. A former whitewater rafting guide, he has also written nine books about rafting, kayaking, and canoeing. He lives in Dallas

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