On Thursday February 20, 2014 we went to the Seru Tinta in the Christoffel park. This is a 178 meters high hill next to the Christoffel mountain. We had no special reason to go to this specific hill other than that most of us had not yet been there. We had a special guest that day in the person of Karel Aster.
We all met at 8 AM at the entrance of the Christoffel park where we parked our cars and went on with only 2 cars.

SeruTinta 20140220 036 smallWe were able to park our cars close to the Seru Tinta. We had planned a rather short hike for this day because two people had to be at the airport later in the afternoon.
From the parking place we had a nice view on the Christoffel mountain. Even the triangulation point on the top was visible from where we were standing. And the moon was shining over that mountain.
From there we entered the vegetation. At first we had a 'walk in the park'. A rather open vegetation allowed us a good progress; we were on the top in less than an hour. The distance from the parking place was 350 meters. Not very fast but better than we are used to.
There we took our first rest while enjoying the view. We could already see the subtop that we wanted to reach next.

That subtop we reached in half an hour. The last few meters were quite difficult because around the top there was a large field of Bromelias and the last part to the top was rather steap. But we found an acceptable route and reached the top safely.
It was close to ten so it was time for our break with the traditional apple. There was not much space at this lower top so we had to sit in several groups. From the top we could see several Agaves; we were not aware yet that these would be our main enemy on our way back.

After the rest we started our way back. We descended about 25 meters and decided to try to stay at that height and walk around the hill. But the fields of Agaves made it difficult to do that. Large Agaves are not easy to pass if they stand in close groups. So we had often to go a bit higher or lower to find a path around these prickly plants. And to make it even more difficult we also encountered fields of Bromelias. A very tiresome experience and when we could see the road most of the group decided to go directly to the road and walk the last part on asphalt. The real diehards stayed in the shrubbery walking parallel to the road just a few meters away from the asphalt road. And strangely enough this appeared to be the shortest route because they reached the cars before the ones that walked on the road.

No artefacts along our path so apparently we went over terrain where few people were before us. We found rocks with traces of copper and other rocks with traces of iron. And strangely enough we encountered not just Knip formation but also Lava formation along our path. Apparently the Knip formation (later sedimentary layer) is eroded away at certain points.

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  • SeruTinta_20140220_001In blue the track that we walked over the Seru Tinta
  • SeruTinta_20140220_002The moon over the Christoffel mountain
  • SeruTinta_20140220_003Our aliens are back!! Still not known what these are
  • SeruTinta_20140220_005Lichen on a rock
  • SeruTinta_20140220_006Bromelia field
  • SeruTinta_20140220_007Moss everywhere; apparently a humid environment
  • SeruTinta_20140220_011Moss hanging in the trees
  • SeruTinta_20140220_012Time for a first rest
  • SeruTinta_20140220_014A Totèki (lizard) is watching us from a tree nearby
  • SeruTinta_20140220_015Interestingly shaped tree - nature does its wonders
  • SeruTinta_20140220_016The ever impressing Brasilwood
  • SeruTinta_20140220_017An Agave next to a field of Bromelias
  • SeruTinta_20140220_018View on a subtop of the Seru Tinta from the real top
  • SeruTinta_20140220_019François coming out from under the vegetation
  • SeruTinta_20140220_021A Brasilwood with moss hanging from the trees
  • SeruTinta_20140220_022A group of Brasilwood trees
  • SeruTinta_20140220_023An Agave next to a grooved Brasilwood trunk
  • SeruTinta_20140220_024The Dreifi shimaron (wild sea grape) full of fruits
  • SeruTinta_20140220_025The blooming hart of a Bromelia
  • SeruTinta_20140220_026The next rest on the subtop of the Seru Tinta
  • SeruTinta_20140220_027There is not much space on this top so we are sitting in small groups
  • SeruTinta_20140220_028Carel is sitting alone and enjoying his apple
  • SeruTinta_20140220_031Close-up of an Agave leaf - nice patterns
  • SeruTinta_20140220_032And we go on through the dense vegetation
  • SeruTinta_20140220_033Apparently there is iron in these rocks
  • SeruTinta_20140220_034
  • SeruTinta_20140220_035This looks more dangerous than it is
  • SeruTinta_20140220_036This was hard - we had to cross a field of Agaves
  • SeruTinta_20140220_037A Tilandsia with flowers