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12 May 2022 09:37 pm (GMT-03:00) Brasilia
Saturday, May 7th, 2022 – Swakopmund, Namib
The following lines were said by a great Norwegian explorer named Carl Lumholtz in the end of the 19th century, regarding his travels over the Sierra Madre, in Mexico. If you add the word dunes, next to mountains, it could very well be applicable to our case: “To look at these mountains is a soul-inspiring sensation; but to travel over them is exhaustive to muscle and patience. Nobody except those who have travelled in the Mexican mountains can understand the difficulties and anxieties attending such a journey” That captures the spirit of crossing the Namib Desert – or any desert!
Crossing a desert strips you of everything … money, titles, surnames, ranks … everything! Depletes your physical strength and challenge your self-confidence. In the end, you are left with your ability to manage your body, your pace, your mind and, mainly, your emotions.
However, as in life, you also learn that you are not alone. Having someone to share ideas, thoughts, laughs and pain, to cry together or simply to walk silently beside you, is all you need to succeed! And that, we had in abundance in this great and formidable group of people. We will always look back and remember those who were there with us and the time we were part of something exceptional.