The last of today’s summits was relatively easy, but harder than expected. We tried to approach from the south-east, but were turned back by some gentlemen, so we drove around the southern peninsula and parked our car on the side of a rough forest track. A stronger car could have gone a few more kilometres, but driving was not much faster than walking.
We made our way through the oil palm plantations to the foot of the mountain, trying to access it in a couple of places, but it was not easy due to the dense vegetation. We decided to walk around and soon found a ravine with less dense forest. The slopes were steep but passable and getting up was much easier than finding the highest point. Finally, after another ten minutes of wandering, we reached what seemed to be the highest point, which also corresponded to the topographical lines. On the way down, we took a shortcut along the north-east slope and then rejoined our original path in the plantation.
This was the third P100 summit today, not bad considering how well vegetated this equatorial island is. Tomorrow we will climb peaks on the north side of São Tomé, starting from Pico Boa Entrada.
252 m altitude
167 m prominence
West Africa Mountains - Bight of Benin
São Tomé and Príncipe - São Tomé Province
2.60 km up
3.00 km down
139 m gain
139 m loss
112 m altitude
Driving down a small plantation/forest road, our car speed soon dropped below walking speed. At one of the bends we left the car and walked the rest of the way on the same road. About half a kilometre from the summit we crossed the plantation and tried to go straight to the summit, but were initially unsuccessful as the jungle was too dense. We then walked along the contour and soon found an entrance to the forest that was less dense. We climbed up a steep slope towards the summit, followed by another two hundred metres on a fairly level surface to reach the actual summit. On the way down, another slope looked more attractive, so we went down it, but as usual it wasn't much better. Once on the flat, we made our way back through the plantation to the road and our car.
Climb a steep slope off the trail in the jungle and identify the true summit