Uncharted Treasure Hunter coverage

By on October 6, 2011

And the winner is…

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If you’re a fan of the game Uncharted on the Playstation 3, you will no doubt have pulled off some remarkable stunts with Nathan Drake while playing the game. Whether it’s dangling from a ledge or scaling a wall, Drake makes it look so very easy. Uncharted 3 sets Drake in the sands of Arabia, on the trail of Sir Francis Drake and T.E. Lawrence. To support the upcoming launch of the game, Sony held a worldwide competition to attract and pit 20 competitors against each other in a series of challenges, set in the desert sands of Jordan. Having been one of the contestants myself, I can say without a doubt that I’m going to leave the adventuring to professionals like Drake. But let me start from the beginning, and take you on a whirlwind tour of the Uncharted Treasure Hunter competition.

After flying in to Aqaba from Amman, we headed by coach to the Bait Ali Camp in Wadi Rum. Surrounded by rocky mountains and shifting sands, it was almost as if we were transported to the set of Uncharted 3 (the Uncharted banners and posters everywhere also helped). After checking in, we were led to our sleeping tents. Now by ‘sleeping tents’, I mean dozens of Bedouin tents that had been erected in the sandy compound, each housing two or three beds. Yup, we were going to rough it Nathan Drake-style, and after clearing my bed from several inches of sand, I unpacked a few things and turned in for a good night’s sleep.

The next day at the crack of dawn we chowed down on breakfast before the briefing began. The contestants met up with their media partners, and we were taught by by adventurer and survival expert John Sullivan on how to use our GPS and radios. We were given a briefing pack containing a compass and a list of locations that we had to find using our GPS – at each location was a clue or puzzle, and a scroll. After collecting all of the scrolls, we would then be given the coordinates of the last location, where our scores would be tallied up. Some challenges were timed, and others yielded gold coins which would be added to our team score. All of us couldn’t contain our excitement and were eager to get going, so once everyone had understood the rules and had their packs, we set off to our jeeps which were waiting outside. With the blast of an air horn and a wave of the checkered flag, the Jeeps hurled forward into the desert to conquer each of the challenges. Want to know what I had to overcome? Read on to find out…

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A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys hurling fireballs and tinkering with the latest gadgets. Follow him on Twitter as @theregos

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