Seru Tinta

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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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