Namibia’s Skeleton Coast

Namibia’s Skeleton Coast. AKA The Gates of Hell. AKA The Land God Made in Anger. I would actually prefer to think that God had a grand ole time making this 6,000 square mile area of land, because it’s a pretty amazing place. Shipwrecks, a coastline of whale skeleton graveyards, and the weathered remains of old mine shacks stand as proof that life is tough out here in the high winds, massive sand dunes, and hectic surf. However, the giant spiders, sidewinder snakes, and scavenging jackals all seem to do just fine. Only about 800 people are permitted to visit the coastline each year, and the footprints they make in the sand are blown away moments later. Talk about pristine!

I’m headed back to Namibia this week, although this time I’m joining Arjan in Aussenkehr to take part in the grape harvest. A little different scene, but I’m excited for a new experience and a break from climbing. Here’s a bunch of non climbing photos for your entertainment…

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