Ascent of Big Daddy Dune on 2019-06-21

Climber: David Parratt

Others in Party:Janis
Sharon & Zyg
Date:Friday, June 21, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Big Daddy Dune
    Elevation:2621 ft / 798 m

Ascent Trip Report

We stayed at Little Kalulu Lodge near Sossusvlei in Namibia. What a nice place. The night before our early morning trip to the dunes we slept in our sky bed atop our cottage and watched the night sky of Namibia. My GPS watch decided to switch time zones during the night and we ended up getting up late, alerted by our guide Obie that we were late for breakfast. We rushed to get dressed, headed off for a very quick breakfast and managed to be ready to leave on time. The red sands of the Sossusvlei Dunes look their best shortly after sunrise. We saw some hot air ballooners on our drive out to the dunes. We stopped for pictures at Dune 45 and saw some hikers on its slopes. But we were eager to tackle Big Daddy. It is the biggest dune in the area with a vertical climb of 300m +. For the most part we followed the winding crest of the dune to its summit. We celebrated with some photos and were met at the top by Obie. We then took the fast route down the side of the dune to Deadvlei a white clay pan with the remains of several hundred year dead camel thorn trees. The trees flourished there when the climate was a bit wetter. It was an awesome excursion.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1050 ft / 320 m
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1050 ft / 320 m
    Start Trailhead:1571 ft / 478 m
Descent Statistics

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