Those of you familiar with Arches NP in Utah or Joshua Tree in SoCal will recognize familiar types of geologic formations at Spitzkoppe, which I explored this past weekend. Stunning beauty as the light changed throughout the day, and each feature seemed to take on a new appearance when I barely moved my vantage point. Later, I learned that Stanley Kubrick’s Dawn of Man sequence from 2001: A Space Odyssey, was filmed here.
A side note: A number of people have expressed unfamiliarity with Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the film, having first caught it for my 1oth birthday at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood during its opening week. Yes, it’s “old” – but still worth watching! I’m not alone – this from Wikipedia:
Today, 2001: A Space Odyssey is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made. In 1991, it was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. The critics’ polls in the 2002 and 2012 editions of Sight & Sound magazine ranked 2001: A Space Odyssey sixth in the top ten films of all time; it also tied for second place in the directors’ poll of the same magazine. In 2010, it was named the greatest film of all time by The Moving Arts Film Journal.
7 thoughts on “Backpacking at Spitzkoppe”
Awesome Chris! I look forward to similar adventures. I’ll have to get your advice on bringing camping gear or gathering it there (see my private email introduction). Did you use the Marmot PC discount program?
Thanks for taking the time and effort to post. Love it!
You camped solo way out there?! Wow!
Ps jaime and i are playing email tag.
Yes, and not a problem. It’s a protected conservancy, like a state park, so the management knew I was out there. Also, even though it’s still off-season, there were about 20-30 other tourists I saw throughout the weekend. Didn’t ever feel at risk, though I’d also shared my itinerary with Peace Corps and two colleagues, who would’ve launched a rescue effort had I not emerged on schedule.
What adventures you are having! Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing…
Thanks, Cheryl! I hope you’re well! Yes, I’m having a lot of fun – can you help your dad follow my blog? He and your mom were key to my international career and I often think of them with fondness. Thanks!
Very cool, Chris. Desmond turns 10 next month. I’m off to see what will be playing at Grauman’s.
So cool, Trina! You know you’re making memories that’ll last his lifetime!