1978: Crossing the Darien Gap

Andrew Jones, James Firth
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19:30 - 21:00
Department of Earth Sciences
3 South Parks Road
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Seminar Room 1

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Lectures and seminars
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In September 1978, three Oxford undergraduates made the arduous crossing from Panama to Colombia, through the swamps and rainforest of the Darien Gap. This was a time of political turmoil, and the Medellin cartel was just beginning to establish power. The region is now largely inaccessible, and the journey is no longer possible without an armed guard. Now, for the first time, James Firth and Andrew Jones describe the circumstances leading up to their adventure (including an encounter with the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua), the people and places of the Darien, the San Blas archipelago and the potential of this area for future expeditions.

This talk was scheduled to be given shortly after their return, but it was not ready at the time. Now, after 40 years they are hoping to do this amazing adventure justice.

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