Peak of Mount Totumas Revisited

Today we left (a group of eight) the homestead at 1907m and climbed to the peak of Mount Totumas at 2630m. This is an elevation change of 700m (2100 feet). The hike is very steep, arduous and just a game trail. The effort is worth it for what you find at the peak, a virgin oak bamboo forest. The moss covering all the old growth oaks is orange apparently a protective adaptation to high levels of UV light found at this altitude. The orange moss is the dominant color in the forest canopy and when reflected by daylight the forest takes on an ambient warm orange color. It’s magical.

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