23rd November 2015
Leon McCarron is back again for his third official RailRiders-sponsored expedition! One year after departing for the Rio Santa Cruz in Patagonia, Leon is heading out again on an intriguing new project.
In early December 2015, British adventurers Dave Cornthwaite and Leon McCarron will embark on a foot journey circumnavigating the heart of the Middle East from Jerusalem to Mt. Katherine in the Sinai desert.
They will walk the Masar (‘path’ in Arabic) collecting stories of what they find; meeting the people that live along their route and immersing themselves in awe-inspiring landscapes. It is the first long-distance hiking trail in the Middle East.
In the press the Middle East has been dominated and defined by the confusion and conflict of current geopolitics, and perhaps no areas have suffered from this more than the regions through which Leon and Dave are walking.
The intention of the Walk The Masar journey is to look beyond the struggles and tensions; to fill a current void in the global media by focusing on the other side – the people, the stories, the communities, and compassion that comes with travelling on foot.
Leon McCarron is a Northern Irish adventurer, filmmaker, writer and motivational speaker. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and specializes in long distance, human-powered expeditions. In his first RailRiders expedition in 2012 Leon crossed 1000 miles of the Empty Quarter desert with Alastair Humphries, roughly following the route of explorer Wilfred Thesiger. With Tom Allen he recently produced the film Karun, documenting their adventure following Iran’s longest river from source to sea. Coming next spring is the documentary following Leon and Tom’s second journey together, traveling from sea to source up the Rio Santa Cruz in Argentina, following the footsteps of Darwin and investigation the possible effects of two major hydro-electric dams on the landscape and ecosystem.
Dave Cornthwaite is an adventurer, author and motivational speaker. Since quitting his life as a couch potato in 2005 Dave got busy, so far completing 11 non-motorised journeys each over 1000 miles. He has written 3 books, entertained audiences on 6 continents, broken 9 world records, made hundreds of short films, completed countless quirky projects and is the founder of potential-fulfilling brand SayYesMore.
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