Eddie Bauer adventure travel guide Trevor Frost has been around the globe a few times. Whether it’s chasing orangutans in the rainforest of Sumatra, filming orcas beach hunting in Argentina, or journeying through remote lands as part of his Last Navigators project, the new-world voyager and National Geographic Young Explorer seeks adventure in its truest form. While working to track him down for this blog post, in fact, Frost emerged from the jungle with this update: “I’ve been in the rainforest of Sumatra for the last month chasing orangutans for Nat Geo magazine, hence the slow reply. Check out nat geo instagram to see me wearing EB travex gear crossing a big jungle mud pit.”
But National Geographic diversions and jungle Wi-Fi hotspots aside, Frost is currently working on a project tracking the navigational techniques in some of our world’s oldest existing traditional cultures. He sent us this incredible photo gallery of his journeys into the Sahara desert with Berber nomads and crossing Northern Australia with Aboriginal Elders on sacred songline journeys. Then in true Trevor Frost style, he followed up with an encore: “By the way, in the photo of the two Berbers with the camel, notice the bag hanging from the camel? It’s an Eddie Bauer satchel.”—LYA Editor
Intro, Captions and Images by Trevor Frost
For the past year, with the support of Eddie Bauer, I’ve been roaming the planet in search of something remarkable. No, not mountains, or rivers, or new lines, but people. Extraordinary people. People who are capable of something that borders on the magical: the ability to navigate the wild corners of the planet using only the wind, sand, stars, and sun.
In 2013, I traveled to the edge of the Sahara desert with Berber nomads to look for water amongst the dunes and I crossed Northern Australia with Aboriginal Elders on sacred songline journeys. The Berber people I lived with followed the stars at night and used the colors of rocks, the shapes of dunes, and the wind during the day. The Aboriginal people I met sang songs to find their way across their country. Each song belongs to an area of land, the words describing the landscape, and the melodic contour of the song corresponding to the topography of the terrain.
Top: Chambers Pillar, a famous landmark in the desert of Central Australia, was used by European explorers as a navigation aid. Above: 1. My field camp – with the Carbon River 2 tent – in the desert of Central Australia. Above 2. Aboriginal Elders discuss the path of Songlines in their country in the desert of Central Australia. L to R: 1. An Aboriginal Elder points the direction of a sacred site in the desert of Central Australia. 2. Some of the songs sung by Aboriginal Elders would describe the patterns in the sand to look for so one could know where they are in the land. 3. Wetlands in Kakadu National Park, Australia.
Above: A senior song man and Aboriginal Elder walks a song line across his country
L to R: 1. Two Aboriginal men carry stringy bark trees that will be made into Didgeridoos in Arnhem Land. 2. Two Berber men travel with their camel across a series of sand dunes in the Saharan desert of Morocco. 3. A Berber nomad camp in the Saharan desert of Morocco.
Above: A Berber man scans the landscape to find his way.
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