|The Spitzkoppe was a sight for sore eyes after the long drive down the Skeleton Coast and inland. The "Matterhorn of Namibia," the Spitzkoppe is an "inselberg" - basicallly an upwelling of granite that has remained after the other land around it has been eroded away. The highest of the collection of "rocks" stands as tall as the empire state building and stands virtually alone on the open plain. If this is what remains after everything else has been eroded away, where did it all go? It's hard to imagine THAT much earth and soil and rock just washing or blowing away over the years.
I picked up some Methylated Spirits along the way to use as fuel for the camp stove. Jenaya seemed to think this is what they used in Australia, and after my previous confusion, I was just as happy to go along with the suggestion. Unfortunately, while Methylated Spirits will burn, it is not the right fuel for my campstove, and thus it will burn erratically, and tend to burn out. This would have been good to know BEFORE trying to cook the ground beef. After nearly an hour of me repeating and repeating again the steps to prime and light the stove only to have it flair up and go out, I managed to keep an erratic flame going by furiously pumping the fuel bottle while Jenaya held the pan over the flames and tried to avoid getting singed.
The next night, we managed to track down some firewood and cooked that way, but once I got to Swakopmund, I b-lined it for an internet cafe to get to the bottom of this. It turned out that Methylated Spirits were not right for my type of stove thus explaining the earlie difficulty, and the the cleaning benzene I had exchanged for some apples back in Windhoek was. When I went to by a bottle at the grocery, there was the cleaning benzene, the methylated spirits, kerosene, lamp oil, you name it - and they all said "INFLAMMABLE" on the label.
The stove has been working like a charm ever since!