Dune 7

With fellow PCVs Andrew and Kevin, I climbed to the top of one of the largest sand dunes in the world on Saturday. So named because it is the seventh dune after crossing the river Tsauchab, Dune 7 has been measured at over 1,256 feet – 383 meters. I hope these photos and video clips give you some idea of its scale and beauty, as well as the fact that it’s made up entirely of small grains…

IMG_1615
View from the Walvis Bay-Swakopmund gravel road.

How big is it?

IMG_1646
View from the base.
It's a slow slog, but everyone can choose their own route.
For most of us, it’s a slow slog up, and everyone can choose their own route.
IMG_1623
Kevin leads our charge up the face.

image

image

This is worse than 2 steps forward, 1 step back…

IMG_1627

Breathtaking views to the ocean in the distance.
Looking West to the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.
And out into the Namib Desert, at more than 55 millions years, thought to be the oldest on the planet.
Looking Southeast into the Namib Desert. At more than 55 millions years, it’s thought to be the oldest on the planet.
Approaching the top, the constant wind continues to shape and form the dune.
Approaching the top, the blowing sand seems to merge with the clouds as the constant wind continues to shape and form the dune.
PCV Kevin on the distant summit.
Kevin on the summit in the far distance.
PCVs Andrew and Kevin at the top.
Andrew and Kevin at the top.

image

It almost looks edible.
It almost looks edible.

IMG_1644

PCVs Andrew & Kevin enjoy a well-deserved beer after the climb.
Enjoying a well-deserved drink after the climb.

 

Images of Life in Namibia

Life in Arandis is racing by – I can’t believe it’s mid-August and that I’ve been here 7 weeks already! My first three months on site are designed to help me integrate with my new community and my work colleagues – that is all happening very nicely. To ensure that we maintain that focus, Peace Corps does not want us to venture too far afield or take any vacation time away. That’s not been a problem as there are plenty of things to see and do around town and within the Erongo Region. Here are some visual vignettes for you to enjoy…

Continue reading “Images of Life in Namibia”