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Chris Harvie’s Tall Namibia Story

Do NOT Take this Road to El-KaramaFrom Chris Harvie, author of Do not take this road to El-Karama, a story of tall women, tall horses and a pants-shredding mountain in Namibia:

Rising at dawn the next morning from my tent on its banks, I valiantly forded the deep sand in the dry riverbed that is occasionally the Fish River, and set about climbing a cumbersome rocky outcrop on the far bank. The challenge was described in the guide book as a “quick one-hour jaunt affording magnificent views of the world’s second-largest canyon”. The cumber wasn’t mentioned at all.
 
Three hours later, my shorts ripped to shreds by the assault of giant boulders, ankles ablaze from staggering around on the loose scree, I found myself stuck on a rock face, held aloft by one foot in a narrow fissure and one hand on a slippery jut of rock. No way up. No way down.

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