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Great eversmile 2010-06-24 12:59

Hi Luca!

They have houses floating in the air, in Madagascar? :) That's the first time I see that! Very very strange. It seems there is an earthquake and that the stones are rolling down the slope. Although I guess it is simply some vegetables out to dry? The colors are lovely but the scene is really intriguing. Please, can you tell more about that?
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Old 06-24-2010, 08:09 PM
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It was just some grains drying on the ground... But what a landscape in this area!!! It's really a place to return with much time to explore.

Read here:

TSARANORO: THE YOSEMITE OF AFRICA
Article by Dave Pickford

Since the late 1990ís, a mythical place has hovered in the minds of big-wall climbers across the globe. Lying some three hundred miles off the east coast of Africa, Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world.
Due to a series of freak geological events that took place between 165 and 100 million years ago, when the super-continent of Gondwanaland broke apart, it is a place of exceptional biodiversity and environmental importance. Madagascar has its own group of charismatic primates collectively known as Lemurs, of which there are almost fifty species in five families. As a whole, the island harbours 4% of the earthís total plant and animal species, an astonishing 85% of which are endemic.

In the hot and arid south of Madagascar, the Andringitra National Park stretches across some of the most spectacular granite terrain in the southern hemisphere. For more than a decade it has been explored by climbers worldwide in search of exotic big-wall adventures. The first route on the Tsaranoro Massif, Rain Boto (7a obl. / 7b+ max) was climbed by big-wall veterans Kurt Albert and Bernd Arnold in November 1995, and the area has remained the focus for big-wall climbing in Africa ever since. Today, there are over fifty free climbs between 6a and 8c+ at Tsaranoro, varying in length from 50 to 800 metres, and artificial routes up to A4.

And it is not just for rock climbing that Andringitra is celebrated: the national park is criss-crossed by hundreds of kilometres of hiking trails and is a consummate walkerís paradise, with numerous excursions possible from mildly demanding day treks to multi-day, full blown wilderness expeditions for which a high level of fitness and a local guide are essential. Madagascarís second highest mountain, Peak Imarivolanitra (or Peak Boby) lies at 2658 metres at the geographical centre of Andringitra. Ecologists, too, will be enchanted: the region is a primary habitat of the ringtailed lemur, or lemur catta:these loquacious creatures with their distinctive striped tails (see image 8) will inevitably be encountered during any trekking or climbing expedition. The area is also home to over thirty species of orchid, several species of falcon, innumerable lizards, chameleons, snakes, and spiders. This exceptionally rich biodiversity is partly the result of the collision of subtropical and alpine climates within an ecosystem found nowhere else on earth, and partly due to Andringitraís unique variety of landscapes and habitats.
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