After flying over 12,800km's to get to Chad, the team then spent four days driving hundreds of kilometres across the desert on dirt roads to reach the remote and almost inaccessible Ennedi Plateau.
'It's fair to say we were like kids in a candy store', said climber and photographer Jimmy Chin. 'This was like finding a new continent for climbers, literally. I was stunned at the rugged nature of the landscape.'
Likening the journey into the wastelands of the plateau as like travelling back in time, Jimmy and the team came across the local people who spent their days hiding from the 38-degree heat in straw huts.
'Even in December the temperature was extreme,' said Jimmy. 'In summer the thermometer can exceed 47 degrees. '
Able to support themselves with petrol, food and shelter the adventurers were stunned when the open expanse of the desert exploded into the land that time forgot.
'We saw arches, stacks and walls that we knew had never been ascended before. This was a dream scenario, there was unlimited potential there.
'You are talking about 200ft high stacks, 1,000ft high walls, all there ready to be climbed.'