John Pilkington, long time friend of Rohan, has been described as “one of Britain’s greatest tellers of travellers’ tales”. In the 1980s and 1990s, after crossing the Himalayas on foot, he retraced the Silk Road across Asia and became one of the first Westerners to explore the Central Asian republics after the break-up of the Soviet Union. More recently he has mapped the source of the Mekong and walked the 1,600-mile Royal Road of the Incas through the Andes of Ecuador and Peru, one of only five people in modern times to do so. In 2006 he joined a camel caravan carrying salt for 450 miles across the Sahara Desert from the mines of Taoudenni to Timbuktu. In the same year the Royal Geographical Society presented him with the Ness Award for his work in popularising geography and the wider understanding of the world.
The Rohan Pilkington Hat provides unbeatable protection for hot and exposed conditions. Features include an adjustable shockcord strap so your hat stays on if the wind picks up, a security pocket, a high density polyester headband that not only makes this hat comfortable to wear but also wicks away moisture, and mesh eyelets for breathability.
Read about John’s 2009 journey through Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran, countries which he points out are in the news for all the wrong reasons. He met a spectacular variety of people – Druze, Maronites, Arabs, Kurds, Armenians, Azeris and both Shi’ite and Sunni Iranians – and to his surprise found families and whole communities working together to survive the harsh climate and political strife.
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