NAMIBIA SNAPSHOTS - (On top of Dune 45)

by Antonio Gil August. 31, 2013 4985 views

We needed to reach the top by sunrise … and looking at the dune’s height and curves from ground level, this seemed an almost impossible feat.
To walk up the dune you have to go along the edge. One wrong step and you could slide with the sand. The path is about a foot (30 cm) wide, and your feet sink into the ground, making it hard to continue.
It’s an even bigger problem when you meet with traffic — people on their way back down to the ground or those with more energy passing you by. Half the time it feels like you are stepping in the same spot over and over again. Perhaps this is why it takes so long.
The ascent is extreme, and you have to have some level of fitness if you want to make it. At 6 a.m., I was still about 160 feet (50 m) from the top, but couldn’t go any further.
My breathing was rapid, my heart felt as though it was trying to break through my chest, and the muscles in my legs were aching, almost to the point of collapse. Though it was freezing cold, I was covered in sweat. I stopped and sat on cold sand to wait half an hour for the sun to rise.
My breathing and heart slowed. The cold dried my sweat, leaving me shaking, as I didn’t have a sweater. But it wasn’t for long.
The view of the desert was filled with shadows, and the sun was just beginning to light up the sky in a faint orange tinge. The sun began to rise over the golden-red sands, and my breath was taken away. Then the dark shadows disappeared and I was faced with a fire-like beauty as the sun shone on the red sands.
(Climbing description taken from Go World Travel)

(Thanks Gloria)

See the person on the bottom of the dune

♫♫♫ DUNE 45 SEEN FROM SPACE ♫♫♫ []

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Nynke 7 years ago

Wow Antonio! What an awesome experience it must have been.
Such an amazing scenery.
And such beautiful shots!!!!
I've enjoyed looking at all of those photos with so much pleasure. Absolutely wonderful and I've taken many in my favorites,,, Thanks so much for sharing!!

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Roxanne 7 years ago

wow that is so incredible. good for you for climbing and experiencing it all. just awesome. your photographs are like designs.

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Christa 7 years ago

E a maravilha continua, são todas de tirar a respiração!

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Francesc 7 years ago

Wow! Excellent set

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Josy 7 years ago

Quelles merveilles... Un désert de feu !

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Sara G 7 years ago

Fabulous shots of this magical phenomenon.

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Paul 7 years ago

stunning landscape..... great adventure...

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Larry Sample 7 years ago

Great shots!

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Sadhya Rippon 7 years ago

Although they are great in colour, they really show the shape and texture so beautifully in B&W.
Another great post.

7 years ago Edited

Amazing pictures Antonio! Love the shadows from the rocks in nr 4
Great post :)

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