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| Sunset over Mount Cameroon
(photo courtesy of Cameroon Embassy in the Netherlands)  
<click to enlarge>

Mount Cameroon   (Mont Cameroun)
    13435 ft (4095 m)     Highest point in Cameroon .
Location: Western Cameroon, beside Atlantic Ocean
Lat / Long: 4.2° N, 9.2° E
Volcanic Type: Stratovolcano
Volcanic Status: Active, last eruption 2000
First Ascent:
First Ski Descent:
Skiable Vertical: ?



Mount Cameroon (also known as Cameroon Mountain or Mont Cameroun) is a huge stratovolcanic edifice on the west coast of Africa, rising directly from sea level to over 13000 ft (4000 m). The volcano has formed due to rifting along a NNE-trending fissure, and thus the massif is elongated along this direction. Dozens of cinder cones dot the flanks of the volcano, and a large cinder cone near the center of the summit plateau forms the true summit. Mount Cameroon is extremely active, with large lava flows often erupting from fissures in the summit region and on the flanks, and these sometimes advance dangerously close to villages at the base. Some of the heaviest rainfalls in the world have been recorded at Debundscha Point on the southwest side, but as is typical with high tropical mountains, a temperature inversion keeps most of the clouds and precipitation below the upper slopes and so the area above 10000 ft (3000 m) is barren and almost desert-like. Nevertheless, snow does occasionally fall on the summit region, and it is possible that for a short time following these snowfalls, the summit cone of Mount Cameroon might just be skiable.

Some useful links:  

    Global Volcanism Program: Mount Cameroon (volcanological info)
    Mount Cameroon (hiking info & numerous photos)
    Limbe Botanical and Zoological Gardens (Mount Cameroon
            Biodiversity Conservation Centre)
(extensive general info)
    Limbe, Cameroon - Seattle Sister City
   
Topographic map of Mount Cameroon (1:500,000 scale)
    from Tactical Pilotage Chart L-3A
    <click to enlarge>

More photos and info about routes, access, etc. may be added in the future ...


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