Little Mo’s Sandpit Safari

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From Dubai, the word came from Little Mo that he was arranging his famous desert safari.
In his usual way, he arranged this one to suit those with and without 4x4s and those who, er, prefer their beds until well into the day on Fridays. And having proved to be an exceptional host for Sandpit#9, he was happy to make this a joint run with Sandpit#11.
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He immediately introduced us to some of the locals.
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And then more locals.
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We headed across the sabkha to find some dunes. After an hour or so of that, we decided to find some *real* dunes and…
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Oops, part one… Then…
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Oops, part two…
Fortunately Batman and Anysucker were on hand and soon it was back to business as usual.
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Which was immediately followed by Oops, part three…
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We managed to shift the car, which was bellied on a dune crest, with a lot of grunting and pushing and only later realised there were two passengers asleep on the back seat at the time.
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We cantered along the dunes, using a route Little Mo had found the previous weekend.
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While we tackled the big dunes, he took a short cut ahead to arrange a snack for us as we cross the Dubai-Hatta Rd. Emirati hospitality at its finest!
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We continued on. He’d cunningly devised a route following the grain of the dunes so we had a series of slip faces to go down, which were a little intimidating but fun.
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There was time for a group photo then we arrived at the campsite and set off for the run.
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What could go wrong?
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…other than being buzzed by some powered paragliders, one of whom had an engine stutter as it passed over the pack and the power lines…
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Round the rock the ragged rascals ran.
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…to the inevitable false trail.
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The real trail went up the hill to the left.
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Or was there a secret path around the side that avoided the hill?
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The extra effort by the hillclimbers was vindicated by making for some fun photos.
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But most preferred to head down to the short cut.
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We headed to the sunset watching site.
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The location was one of our best yet. Which almost made up for the lack of a beer stop, the presence of which was the one and only rule of the Sandpit Hash…
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The youngest Sandpitter was present, with Alayna’s dad, H@sh F@g, demonstrating his hands-free system. Parenting? Piece of cake!
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It was a sunset to savour.
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Then it was time to return to camp, where cold adult beverages were waiting.
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Gravity was our friend, finally.
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The fire was lit…
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The circle was convened…
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And the miscreants punished.
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Then Sheikha and Little Mo exceeded themselves by feeding the horde of 42 people, after which we settled into the familiar fireside story telling.
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The next morning, Little Mo continued his amazing hospitality by making us breakfast.
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Others chose a breakfast that suited them…
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There was time for some more interaction with the locals then we all headed away. Thanks Little Mo, your hospitality will take some beating!
NEXT SANDPIT RUN: 
On March 22, we’ll gather again in the dunes of  Al Khatim, off the Abu Dhabi to Al Ain Road. In the spirit of the joint effort with Little Mo, this will be combined with the 50th birthday for Aarfabithore. And to make up for the absence of a beer stop on Sandpit#11, there will be TWO beer stops on Sandpit#12! Which any statistician will tell you* means we keep up the one and only rule of Sandpit Hash is upheld.
(* In the same way that if you have your feet in the fire and your head in a freezer, you’re perfectly comfortable on average)
SANDPIT#10 SHIRTS: 
As anyone who obtained one of the collectable — cough — T-shirts for Sandpit#10, the shirts have not survived washing very well. But we made contact with the shirt company who have given us a credit which will enable us to do another shirt (which they promise not to stuff up!) in a  few more Sandpits’ time.
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