EXPLORER' probably isn't a career option
that would be entertained by 'sensible'
people but for Christina Dodwell such an
occupation simply presented itself as if
Ten years ago,
aged 24, she set off on holiday to Africa
with three other people and a Land Rover.
Early on the two men in the party
vanished into the night taking the Land
Rover with them. Christina and her
companion determinedly carried on,
without food supplies or maps in a
semi-desert area, firstly on foot but
soon on horseback when two beasts were
given them by passing road engineers.
"When you're thrown
in at the deep end you either sink or
swim," she told me, "but I
found it was such a learning ground and I
enjoy the learning. Everything changes
once you lose a vehicle and you're down
to your feet or the horses which we had.
You can see the country in a different
way because you can't carry everything
,that you need. You can't carry food
supplies or much water so one becomes
much more dependant on the land and the
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