Adventure List Number 3: Jordan Desert Race

This race will be my 7th dace in a desert after: the Desert Cup (Jordan), Transsinai (Egypt), Marathon des Sables (Morocco), Sahara race (Egypt), Gobi March (China) and Atacama Crossing (Chile). This race was supposed to take place in Egypt but because of the political situation there, they have moved it to Jordan even though they kept the Sahara name. So in reality we will run across four distinct deserts: Wadi Rum, Kharaza, Humaima and Wadi Araba and will finish in the ancient city of Petra.

Atacama Crossing (Chile)


Desert Cup (Jordan)

Gobi March (China)

Marathon des Sables (Morocco)

Sahara race (Egypt)

Transsinai (Egypt)


– Wed 12: fly to Jordan

– Thu 13: drive to Petra

– Fri 14: rest

– Sat 15: briefing, medical and equipment review then depart for Camp 1

– Sun 16: stage 1, 40 km, 1st runner expected in 4h.

– Mon 17: stage 2, 35 km, 1st in less than 4h

– Tue 18: stage 3, 35 km, 1st in 3h45

– Wed 19: stage 4, 40 km, 1st in 4h

– Thu 20: long stage, 90 km, 1st in 11h.

– Fri 21: last competitors finish the long stage. Rest for the others.

– Sat 22: final stage, 5 km, 30min. Finish in front of the Treasury in Petra. Awards banquet in the evening.

– Sun 23: return to Amman

– Mon 24: return to France


Almost 200 competitors coming from 35 countries. Among them; Salameh Al Aqra, who is the overall winner of Marathon des Sables 2012, two-time Olympian Jose Manuel Martinez Fernandez (personal best of 2h08 on Marathon) and many competitors who finished on the top 10 of previous 4 Deserts Races.


The race is unsupported which means we have to carry 7 days of food, clothes, sleeping bag, medical kit, etc. The race organizer will provide only water and the tent for the nights.


After my experience on the GHT, I have to be careful with the food and decided to take a bit more than on Gobi, Atacama and Sahara. So I will bring 21,800 calories for 6 days (the last day is very short), with 16.3% of protein, 57.3% of carbs and 26.4% of fat. That’s almost the same proportions as for previous races.


In terms of weather it is pretty cold at the moment, min 1c and max 8c in Petra with some rain. In the desert it should be warmer during the day 20c but very cold at night.

Berghaus Kit list:

– Vapour Hyperlight 37L

– New Hypertherm smock

– Hyper Smock

– Powerstretch Gloves + Pertex mitt

– Powerstretch Hat

– Berghaus Technical Tights

– Mesh Cap

– Vapour Short

– Vapour LS Zip

– Sol Neck Gaiter

Total pack weight 8kg without water. I do not want to carry more so if we really have 1c and some rain/snow that might be interesting!

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