salt mountain

North of the Zengwen River, I reached Salt Mountain in Cigu on a windy afternoon. Before me stood a mountain of salt just over sixteen metres high that covered one hectare. I was immediately drawn to the salt steps that led to the top.

Cigu Salt Mountain entrance

This hill was sometimes called Mount Everwhite, and when I looked down to watch where I climbed, I noticed pieces of salt like broken glass from a windscreen sparkling in the sun. I clutched my hat and the railing once I reached the top because the wind whipped across the flat landscape that had once been former salt fields. 

On top of Cigu Salt Mountain

Under me was 39 000 tonnes of salt that had compacted into a hard solid mass from years of being exposed to the elements. I stood on the highest elevation within the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area, but I couldn’t hold out for long. The wind speed was only twenty-three kms, but it felt like fifty.

In 2002 Cigu Salt Pans discontinued operation and ended 338 years of salt making in the region.

2 thoughts on “salt mountain”

  1. Whoa! So much salt deposit looks surreal – like a mountain made out of paper is what it made me think of…and I especially like your photo of the salt man statue – is he constructed out of it or is that stone?

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