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29 February 2020

In July and August 2020, Studio D will be running a series of expeditions to Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor and the Big and Small Pamir mountain ranges. The goal this year is to map six trekking and one bikepacking routes, which will be published in a guidebook in 2021.

We've been providing risk management and evacuation planning advice to Studio D over the past few months, and Grant be leading the High Peaks Basecamp expedition. This expedition will travel through old minefields (mostly cleared) to the basecamp of Noshaq, the highest mountain in Afghanistan.

If you're up for a bit of walking in an incredible part of the world, you can learn more here.

20 January 2020

The Operating in Challenging Environments (OCE) masterclass and retreat schedule for 2020 has been confirmed. OCE is an initiative with Studio D that leverages our collective experience and wisdom of operating in complex and higher-risk environments.

This year we'll be running two OCE masterclasses in two locations: OCE Fundamentals and OCE Advanced Operations. OCE Fundamentals is designed for individuals, and OCE Advanced Operations is designed for people leading teams. Masterclasses will be run in San Francisco and Singapore. If you're interested, you can see the full schedule of masterclasses and reserve your place here.

The OCE retreat will be run in Umm Qays in Jordan from 5 to 8 October 2020. You can learn more about the OCE retreat and book here. The OCE retreat is a fantastic opportunity to mix it up with like-minded professionals and share experiences operating in challenging environments.

10 January 2020

We've just initiated Project ARGONAUT, which is a highly tailored, localised, and discreet evacuation plan covering Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. This is a unique program incorporating highly detailed planning arround ground and air transport, logistics, and communications.

Project ARGONAUT also provides accommodation in safe houses and logistics support should immediate exfiltration not be achievable.

If you have people in these countries, and you'd like to learn more, please get in touch.

9 December 2019

We've just wrapped the first phase of a project in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and had the opportunity to update several of the hotel reports in the Colombo Foundation Pack. We first prepared these reports in the days following the Easter Day terrorist attacks in April 2019. This is the third round of updates.

Project SAFE HAVEN now incorporates 33 hotels across 5 cities, including Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), and Karachi, Islamabad, and Lahore (Pakistan).

We're in the process of planning new locations for 2020.

If you'd like access to these reports, or want more information about Project SAFE HAVEN, please get in touch.

30 October 2019

We've just returned from Tripoli in Lebanon, where we co-hosted the inaugeral Operating in Challenging Environments (OCE) retreat with Jan Chipchase from Studio D. The retreat brought together a group of experienced travellers, against a backdrop of emerging civil unrest in the country.

OCE will be continuing in 2020, with a series of international masterclasses, and a retreat (location to be confirmed, but needless to say it will be somewhere interesting!).