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.
We 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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- In blue the track that we walked over the Seru Tinta In blue the track that we walked over the Seru Tinta
- The moon over the Christoffel mountain The moon over the Christoffel mountain
- Our aliens are back!! Still not known what these are Our aliens are back!! Still not known what these are
- Lichen on a rock Lichen on a rock
- Bromelia field Bromelia field
- Moss everywhere; apparently a humid environment Moss everywhere; apparently a humid environment
- Moss hanging in the trees Moss hanging in the trees
- Time for a first rest Time for a first rest
- A Totèki (lizard) is watching us from a tree nearby A Totèki (lizard) is watching us from a tree nearby
- Interestingly shaped tree - nature does its wonders Interestingly shaped tree - nature does its wonders
- The ever impressing Brasilwood The ever impressing Brasilwood
- An Agave next to a field of Bromelias An Agave next to a field of Bromelias
- View on a subtop of the Seru Tinta from the real top View on a subtop of the Seru Tinta from the real top
- François coming out from under the vegetation François coming out from under the vegetation
- A Brasilwood with moss hanging from the trees A Brasilwood with moss hanging from the trees
- A group of Brasilwood trees A group of Brasilwood trees
- An Agave next to a grooved Brasilwood trunk An Agave next to a grooved Brasilwood trunk
- The Dreifi shimaron (wild sea grape) full of fruits The Dreifi shimaron (wild sea grape) full of fruits
- The blooming hart of a Bromelia The blooming hart of a Bromelia
- The next rest on the subtop of the Seru Tinta The next rest on the subtop of the Seru Tinta
- There is not much space on this top so we are sitting in small groups There is not much space on this top so we are sitting in small groups
- Carel is sitting alone and enjoying his apple Carel is sitting alone and enjoying his apple
- Close-up of an Agave leaf - nice patterns Close-up of an Agave leaf - nice patterns
- And we go on through the dense vegetation And we go on through the dense vegetation
- Apparently there is iron in these rocks Apparently there is iron in these rocks
- This looks more dangerous than it is This looks more dangerous than it is
- This was hard - we had to cross a field of Agaves This was hard - we had to cross a field of Agaves
- A Tilandsia with flowers A Tilandsia with flowers