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Climbing Big Daddy Dune, Namibia

Sossusvlei, with it’s massive red dunes and bleached salt pans, is Namibia’s most recognizable landscape. Big Daddy, the tallest dune in the Sossusvlei area and one of the highest dunes in the world, towers over the surrounding dunes at 325m (1,066ft). Extremely high heat and perpetually cloudless skies makes for an extraordinarily arduous 2 hour trek to the top, however climbers are rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Click on any image to open Hi-Res copy.

Approaching Big DaddyExtreme temperatures and long travel time to the dune mandates a very early predawn start to the trailhead. To grasp the scale of the dune, click on the above image to open a larger image, and look for the specks of people over our heads that have started up the ridge.

 

Starting Ascent

10 minutes down, almost 2 hours to go.

 

Dune Ridge

Windswept ridge.

 

Big Daddy Ridge

Almost to the summit, but about to get sandblasted by heavy winds.

 

BD View

Epic views of the Deadvlei and surrounding landscape.

 

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Dunes of Sussusvlei

Sossusvlei Dunes

Light patterns on the Sossusvlei dunes, Namib desert, Namibia


Winds on Sossusvlei

Winds on Sossusvlei

Wind patterns on the Sossusvlei dunes, Namib desert, Namibia


Sossusvlei Sandstorm

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei, consisting of a salt and clay pan and surrounding massive red dunes, is located in the Namib Desert, and is the worlds oldest desert. It is where the dunes join together to prevent the Tsauchab River from flowing any further towards the Atlantic, however the river very rarely reaches this arid pan. Walking over the windswept Namibian pan at the beginning of our first climb to the dunes felt as if we were walking on Mars during a sandstorm.