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Biographies

DickLaayoun

Dr Dick Morgan, Laayoune, Western Sahara, 2006

Expedition Medical Services - Dr Dick Morgan. Full time Family Physician in practice as a GP in Solihull for 28 years. Dick retired from his practice in 2010, and moved to Devon in 2013. Brought up in Khartoum, Sudan where his father was Professor of Medicine for 17 years. Dick learnt to drive on the desert as soon as he could see out of the windscreen and push the pedals at the same time. He often accompanied his father when he travelled to remote medical outposts in the provinces. His love of the desert & Land Rovers continues to this day. For 10 years Dick's expedition vehicle was a 1992 Range Rover Tdi Classic. In 2007, however this was replaced with a new Nissan Patrol Trek, fully expedition prepared by Frogs Island 4x4 - details of the vehicle are on this site elsewhere. Faster road transport is provided by a Porsche 996 – his 4th 911. Dick is interested in Ophthalmology and travel Medicine. A member of BASICS (British Accociation for Immediate Care www.basics.org.uk ) holding a current Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Certificate. He was a GP Trainer and also worked for 20 years at the Birmingham & Midland Eye Centre. Dick is married to Julie and has a 29 year old son Jonathan who has accompanied him on many of the expeditions. Jonathan now lives in Turkey

MattteachingNaomi

Matt Low teaching daughter Naomi to drive. Western Sahara 2005

High Country - Matthew Low is a British certified Alpine Climbing instructor and White water Kayaking instructor who with his wife Gail lived in Morocco from 1989 until 2011. On first moving to Morocco they lived with a Moroccan family for 18 months to learn the language and culture of the country. Subsequently they lived in Imi-n-Tanoute, then Amizmiz in the Atlas foothills before moving 6 to Marrakech, where Gail taught in the American School. Matthew set up High Country as a Moroccan registered company in 1996 when he met Dick for the first time when they both supported the Land Rover Invitations program. Becoming good friends they have been involved in joint adventures in Morocco virtually every year since. Matt & Gail have 4 children. Matt has set up a Moroccan registered charity Across Maroc to facilitate providing aid and services to local people. Matt & Gail now live in France. www.highcountry.co.uk

Resources

Frogs Island 4x4 are a specialist 4x4 company who are a mine of information on vehicles and expedition preparation. Although initially focussing on Land Rover they now embraces other marques as well, and can provide you with a new Third World specification Toyota Landcruiser Amazon or rebuild your 30 year old Land Rover to equip it for global travels. Frogs Island are UK agents for Australian ARB products including the excellent Old Man Emu suspension systems which I have used on my Range Rover for 6 years. When my 1992 Range Rover Tdi's rear differential gave up while Matthew was using the vehicle in the UK in 2006, Frogs Island supplied my new differential rebuilt with an ARB AirLocker centre to prevent wheelspin off road. Advice from them is founded on personal and professional experience. In 2007 at 160,000 miles I decided to replace the Range Rover, and find a replacement. My new Nissan Patrol was expedition prepared from new by Frogs Island and the vehicle is featured in their website in the photo gallery under Nissan Patrol Y61. The standard of work and the innovative solutions they provide are excellent. www.frogsisland4x4.com

One Life Adventure Paul Blackburn is a veteran of years of off road driver instruction and expeditions. He was the organiser of the Derbyshire Dales & Welsh off road weekends which I joined with Eddie Priscott from Frogs Island. If you want to practice your off road skills in your own vehicle before heading off abroad take a look at the UK events coming up shortly. www.onelifeadventure.co.uk

Expedition Advisory Centre, Royal Geographic Society, London. Shane Winser and her staff have a mine of information covering years of worldwide exploration. Thinking of going somewhere exotic? Join the society and you can browse through the filed accounts of your forbears expeditions to the same areas, as well as getting the best advice on all aspects of Expedition Planning. www.rgs.org

The Map Shop Personal services and rack upon rack of maps. This is where my large scale Moroccan maps came from – laminated as well! www.themapshop.co.uk

Global Positioning Systems Large stockists of Garmin and Magellan GPS systems as well as many useful gadgets and software. www.globalpositioningsystems.co.uk

Field and Trek Long established supplier of all things outdoors they have stores as well as a an internet marketing operation. www.fieldandtrek.com

7DayShop.com Guernsey based internet store – no VAT – for batteries & chargers, headlamps, film & memory cards, inkjet cartridges etc. www.7dayshop.com

Land Rover Experience Centres offer high quality individual or group instruction on dedicated off road tracks. You may choose to drive any of Land Rover current vehicles.

LRE West Country   Andy Summers centre near Honiton has negotiated exclusive access to acres of privately owned land in Devon enabling them to offer "Trek" days driving on greenlanes through some of the county's spectacular scenery. These days are open to non Land Rover vehicles. www.westcountry.landroverexperience.co.uk/Home/Centre.aspx

Chilterns Richard Beddall’s Driver training centre has hosted Taste of Adventure days which brought together a host of companies offering services to potential expedition customers. If you are a Land Rover owner the centre enables you to learn off road techniques in all current Land Rover Models in a large well equipped centre. www.landroverdriving.co.uk

 


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