From dust to tribe . . .

Dust and Tribe (D&T) is the experience of growth through adventure.

Our quarterly excursions are opportunities for men and women to push through the boundaries of supposed mental and physical limits into a new awareness of what we can be when we support one another.

It is where we discover what we are (dust) and what we become together (tribe).

Fall 2018: D&T V

On October 20th, 2018, sixteen men will head into Death Valley with their Jeeps and a map. This is their story.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Critical Details

Right, brothers. So just a bit over three weeks out.

I'm getting some questions, so let's get the critical issues sorted.

First, sweet clan names!

The clan formerly known as Clan #2 (me, Brothers Motasem, Naseef, and Ihsan) is now officially Clan Fremen:

It's apparently a Dune reference, a pop-cultural phenomenon I know nothing about. Though I'm looking forward to the education!

Clan #1 is engaged in scholarly debate over Arabic triliteral roots and I expect they will arrive at some consensus soon, God willing. Not sure what's happening with Clans #3 and #4.


We have set aside 10/20-23, Saturday through Tuesday for our desert adventure

Saturday is our gathering day. It is meant to be a day set aside to get yourselves on the road and into camp, ideally before sunset. With the exception of our Opening Circle and campfire, there are no formal plans. We're just going to get acquainted, have some food, and revel in the fraternal anticipation of all that is to come.

Sunday and Monday are our jeep days. Death Valley is a massive park and we should all be prepared for full days in our vehicles. More details on our respective driving itineraries is forthcoming, but for now I think it's enough to know that these are our big days.

Tuesday is when we say our goodbyes. We'll get up, have a little something to eat, pack our things, and tie off the weekend with a Closing Circle. We'll get out of there in plenty of time for you to get home and get some rest before dealing with the rest of the world Wednesday morning.


This part is pretty easy. We will spend all three nights at Furnace Creek. There are flush toilets and there is running water. I don't believe there are showers.

But we're basically car camping, so bring whatever you want. Our group campsite is huge and can accommodate up to 40 people. There are 16 of us, so if you want to bring barbecues and swimming pools and barrels full of Rooh Afza, be my guest.

We should try and carpool, though. Because the environment.

If you would prefer specifics, here is my personal packing list:

phone (reception unlikely)
alarm clock
extra batteries
travel Qur’an
prayer beads
field guides
star charts
travel mug
sun block
toilet kit (soap, washcloth, glasses, tooth brush/paste, floss, deodorant, contact lens storage/solution, eyeglasses, prescription/otc medications, brush/comb)
sleeping bag
sleeping pad
camp stove
fuel canisters
first-aid kit
camp shovel

(1) pants
(1) shirt
(1) undershirt
(1) underwear
(1) pajama
(1) pack towel
(1) jacket/windbreaker
(1) head covering

note: clothing list does not include clothing worn :)

Also, a stuffed backpack may double as camp pillow!

I might bring more. I might bring less. But do your best as a clan to avoid redundancy. Your Coyotes can help you set up a spreadsheet or other shared document so you're not each bringing a six-man tent. Similarly, your Spoon Keeper can help you organize the chow situation.

I hope this helps. Much of the success of this endeavor lies with each of you taking your roles seriously and working with your clans offline to make things happen. Tawfiq, insha Allah.

And I am, of course, at your service.

Leave your questions in the comments or send me an email! And follow Dust and Tribe on Instagram!

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