Seru Palibandera

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Seroe Palibandera 20140306 013 smallSeru Palibandera means mountain of the flag pole. Was there a flag pole on top of this mountain and got this mountain its name in this way? Interesting enough to go checking. So the Archaeology Sleuths went investigating. On Thursday March 6 we met at the entrance of the Christoffelpark. From there we drove to a parking lot close to this mountain where we parked our car. Before we started our hike to the top we went for a look at the large field of rocks closeby. Apparently the slaves were convinced that if they brought a lot of rocks here and that if they didn't eat salt they would be transported back to Africa. If there is any truth in this story, I don't know, probably not. But true or not at least we had a special experience here.

While we were looking around we heard some noise in the neighboring bushes. That appeared to be a deer, eating from the Bromelias on the ground. With only a few meters between us and the deer and the deer not being affraid of us, we stood some minutes opposite of each other. The deer so undisturbed by our presence that she kept eating while once in a while looking if we were still there. A unique experience! Finally the deer went away; she stood at some distance for a last look at us and then disappeared.

After this magnificient experience we started our hike. Because the side of the Seru Palibandera was very steep we decided to go to a pass between this hill and the Christoffel mountain. The first part was not easy but farther uphill the vegetation became more open.

Halfway we were attacked by bees. So we started running to reach a safer place where we took our anti-insect aerosols from our backpacks. We sprayed around us to keep the remaining bees away. Carel, Fred and I went back to look for the nest. That appeared not to be a nest but a swarm. A swarm is formed when the nest becomes overcrowded. A new queen is bred and then part of the group leaves the old nest with the queen and starts searching for a new nesting place. We were unfortunate enough to cross their path.
After reaching the pass we took a first rest. Fresh again we walked from the pass along and sometimes on top of a dry-stone wall in the direction of the top of the Seru Palibandera. That top is 250 meters high so soon we had a good view on another top that we reached not so long ago, the Seru Tinta.

After reaching the top we took a long rest. François, Fred and I went looking for remnants of a flag pole but didn't find anything.
The view from the top on the Christoffel mountain and the Seru Gracia was very nice. Also it looks very interesting to try to reach the top of the Christoffel mountain from this side. It looks doable. Fred did this already a long time ago but none of us did. So maybe something for a future expedition.

The wind on the top was very strong. When I went on top of a rock to reach the highest point I had to lean against the wind to stay more or less upright. So after some pictures were made I immediately went to safer ground.
We walked over the ridge to a point were it looked acceptable to descend the steep side of the mountain and to go to the dirt road. The descend was not always easy but there were sufficient trees along the path to keep us from falling. We all reached the road safely. From there it was a short walk to where we had parked our cars.

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