Newsletter - December 2011
I am writing this newsletter from Malaga where I am working on an event running out of terminal one....”What on earth is Neil doing with aeroplanes” I hear you all ask, well we are not using aeroplanes just Nissan cars, not four wheel drive ones either “Lost his rocker” you are probably thinking, first he forsakes his Landrover’s to play with Porsche’s then 2wd Nissans!!. The truth is that a very good friend of mine asked me to work for him on an event that he was organising out here. This event would involve lots of sunshine, he said. The only thing that he did not mention was that it would actually rain and get cold, for heaven’s sake today its only 10°C!!!!!
But funnily enough whilst being out here I have met two very interesting characters, both Spanish, one from Catalan the other from Malaga who know the tracks and byway’s of Spain very well. This got me thinking about how we could run some new exciting adventures for Impala and you out here. The problem with Spain is that like France you need permission’s and permits to run adventures and you also need people to work with who you can trust, here I have found two, Xhabbi (pronounced Chabbi) for The North and JC for The South.
Over the next few weeks we will be discussing two new events outlined below. If you are interested then drop me a line so that I can judge the level of interest.
Picos Mountains and Cantabria: This event will use tracks that run from Santander (our arrival port) and each night we will stay at either a Casa Rural( bed and breakfast) or a campsite. The culture of this area will also be an integral part of the adventure. The time of year, Summer I am thinking.
Sierra Nevada and Andalucía: This event will be run in exactly the same way as The North except that it is of course in The South. The coast here is not very nice, built up indiscriminately from the 1970’s so we will be concentrating on routes inland although the views down to the coast to Gibraltar and Malaga are amazing. You will even be able to see The Rif Mountains of Morocco.
Before I left for Spain I spent a very enjoyable day training two of my friends at Porsche in the art of off road driving and winch recovery. We spent the day in the sunshine at Halford on the off road course that sits next to the river Avon. This started a train of thought in my mind that we need to run a play day or a two day event there so I shall put a date together for you all. I suppose it would be possible to mix this with a day roadbook for the lanes that are not far away?
Well that’s it for now so I shall sign off until January 2012!!.
Impala Adventures 2012
April 23rd to May 7th Morocco High Atlas and The Sahara.
This adventure is running for the second time and uses the last two un-surfaced tracks across the High and Anti Atlas, before entering The Sahara from the delights of the Hotel Kasbah Azalay which sits on the banks of the Oued Draa at Mhamid El Gezlane.
The Sahara at this time of year can be very exciting as the stillness and serenity of the start of the day can by sunset to have turned into a billowing sandstorm. Our Wild campsites are very much dependant as to which direction the weather has turned so by late afternoon you will either be camped in the shadow of the dunes or in amongst the rocks of Fossil Valley.
After the desert we will be camping high in the foothills of the Atlas near Cascade D’Tizgi where you will be able to meet the eccentric Omar, who will if you take some milk down to the Cascade prepare a cup of coffee or a glass of mint tea and will even charge in that delightful Moroccan way for the pleasure of making it for you.
As always our journey back to the north of Morocco pauses in Marrakech so that a last visit to the maelstrom of life in The Place can be absorbed before the structure of Spain and beyond.
Further details on this adventure are one our web site.
Hotel Option: £2,700.00 per car (2 people)
Camping Option: £1,900.00 per car
August 27th to September 10th Russia, The Kola and White Sea.
What can I say: this adventure is astounding! The route that we take across the forests and lakes near Monchegorsk, The summer track along the ridge between Umba and Oktyabrsky and the old sand road running along the White Sea make this adventure a challenge of Camel Trophy proportions.
Both you and your car will be tested well here in the forests of Russia. We will be crossing rivers with bonnet high water, rock fields and marsh as well as working our way around the edge of a lake. Along The White Sea the tracks are sand with some exciting estuary crossings as well as mud through the forest.
Accommodation when we take it is varied: Kandalaksha is the Gateway town to the White Sea and here we will be staying at an old Party Hotel in its centre. Along the White Sea we have an option to stay in a friend of mine’s lodges built on a hill overlooking the sea whilst deep in the forest near Oktyabrsky we will stay at Frank’s guest house.
Further details on this adventure are on our web site.
Russia: £2,900.00 per car (2 People)
June 17th to June 23rd The South of England
After quite a few years of not running Greenlane events due to political pressure we now feel that the time is right to begin again, so here we have a new concept, a whole week of off road driving on an exciting route from Orcheston in the north of Wiltshire to Exmoor, Devon and Dorset before arriving back at Blackdown Lakes Campsite a week later.
The tracks range from chalk on grass and narrow tree lined Saxon roads, deep water on the military land near Tilshead and also tracks high above the sea along the Dorset Coast. Some of them are very exciting to drive, with one of the highlights at Eggardon Hill, an Iron Age fort with stunning views out to sea from the heights above Bridport.
The South of England £ 390 per car (2 people)