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…

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View from the Walvis Bay-Swakopmund gravel road.

How big is it?

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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.
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Kevin leads our charge up the face.

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

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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.

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It almost looks edible.
It almost looks edible.

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

 

Author: Chris

Until recently, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia focused on Community Economic Development. Before that, I was a high-tech executive, small business owner, consultant and business broker.

2 thoughts on “Dune 7”

  1. Chris – Wow! Great views of the sand dunes. So it constantly shifts around with the blowing wind – crazy!

    Quakes are holding on my a thread – recruited a new half back and a new forward to help in the coming months.

    – Rick

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