The extra M indicated when the loco was intended for main-line use - the main-line engine would only differ in having a larger coal and water capacity. These ubiquitous engines saw service on most secondary lines in the country.
How a dream can be dreamt and forgotten in a blink of an eye. We go on with our days without stopping to revisit or ponder our visions of fantastical places.
Days, months, years can go by. However, when a moment is taken and those dreams examined more closely, it may become clear that if given the right conditions to grow those passing thoughts will come to the forefront of our minds and eventually be fostered into reality.
Given a little more thought I might have even told you it was an island off the south east coast of Africa in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
In my mind it was a wild, abstract place with unique animated creatures and landscapes alike. I remember fantasizing about travelling to this land until I realized how incredibly epic expensive it was to reach the dreamy destination.
With an attention span like a goldfish and a bank account of a raft guiding, climbing obsessed early twenty something year old, without a second thought I hopped in my car and drove south towards the un-exotic but cheap land of burritos and splitters. That was then and now is now. Having spent the past year rebuilding a tiny old house in Squamish and navigating my way through a string of: Brad and I shared the same chunk of time off in years and I was determined capitalize.
The country had all the things I was looking for in a destination: I swallowed any doubts, booked our tickets and wore an inner smile of stoke until we left. When we did leave, my smile only became wider; I felt like I had reached the end of a tunnel and was absolutely ready to soak up the light.
Madagascar is huge, km2 to be exact. It has been dubbed the eighth continent and is the fourth largest island in the world. It is also practically as far away from Squamish as one could ever get, approximately km.
I apparently like my flights cheap and complicated: We spent five days in South Africa, hanging out with elephants, giraffes and cheetah in Kruger National Park and sampling some fine sandstone sport routes at Waterval Boven. Our time in South Africa felt extremely worthwhile.
Not only for its world-class wildlife viewing, close proximity to our final destination but the chance to decompress from life at home and begin to take in the subtle and not so subtle pleasures and challenges of travelling in Africa.
If South Africa was the kiddie pool of a world away from B. C, we were about to jump in the deep end.
My face was glued to the airplane window long before the vast stretches of Malagasy coastline came into view. The deep indigo sea finally morphed into crashing waves upon endless white beaches, then in turn to cloud enshrouded emerald mountaintops and rust coloured rivers.
As our plane began to descend I was in awe of the human settlements that blended seamlessly into the surrounding hillsides. I did not see any black tarmac, gridlines of traffic, box store parking lots or the expansive shapes of commercial agriculture.
I saw tiny clusters of thatched roofs, red brick buildings subtly interconnected by snaking dirt roads- if I blurred my eyes the villages were undistinguishable from the landscape. Early on, I felt so out of my comfort zone that at times I questioned why had I even chosen to come there?
It was usually in the chaotic busyness of the city centers that I felt like this and Brad was quick to remind me of the walls, waves and winds that we were pushing towards. Madagascar was settled from the west, north and east: The country is also extremely geographically and botanically diverse: I admit that I had originally sought a travel destination not with a climbing trip in mind but rather warm water surfing as our main focus.
The islands infamous shark infested waters gave pause to my research however I was assured by the local surf experts that the intense fishing of the barrier reef where we planned to go had essentially pushed the sharks away from that area.
While planning our itinerary, I woke up to my old dreams and unbeknownst to Brad began also planning our visit to Andringitra National Park, home of the islands tallest peaks and the Tsaranoro Massif.
I assured him it would be only a brief visit for a couple days of climbing on our way to the ocean. Not until coming around the bend on the long bumpy road into the park and finally laying my eyes on the walls, could I comprehend how big they were.
Squamish I love you but Tsaranoro is like your tall, handsome older cousin- very tall and very handsome. Routes range from 50 to meters with only a handful falling below the 6c range. The idyllic Camp Catta is situated a comfortable 45 minute to an hour or so hike from the base of the walls.
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Aanvanklik gebruik om passasierstreine op die trajek Johannesgburg. The area around the Elands River Falls was given the names “Waterval Boven” and “Waterval Onder” These names respectively mean “above the waterfall” and “below the waterfall”.
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Near Waterval Boven there is a circular arrangement of upright dolerite stones, the monoliths form an ancient calendar named Adam's Calendar by Michael Tellinger. The site is believed to be around a years old, based on the rise of Orion's belt.
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