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Ascent of Jebel al Harim on 2016-12-06

Climber: Richard Mclellan

Others in Party:Denise Mclellan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Jebel al Harim
    Location:Oman
    Elevation:2086 m / 6847 ft

Ascent Trip Report

We depart at first light but the day doesn’t get off to a good start when a farmer drives across the valley in 4x4 to challenge us apparently thinking we might be rustling his goats, once we explain we’re climbing the mountain he leaves happy.

Enjoyable route up the broken rock of the N face reaches summit plateau with buildings and radome. Open gate in fenced enclosure accesses summit area where millitary personel offered us a lift we couldn't refuse back to the Khasab Airforce base for questioning. Back at the base we explained the concept of Prominence and World Ultra mountains, had our sketch maps copied, were provided with drinks, offered lunch and after agreeing not to climb Jebel Harim again allowed to leave. Apparently despite the lack of any signage this is a 'restricted area' and we shouldn't have been there.

The highest point of the mountain is currently a building site and about 80m S of, and on ground about 3m higher, than the radome.
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Jebel al Harim from A'Saye (2016-12-06). Photo by Richard Mclellan.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:954 m / 3130 ft
    Elevation Loss:2057 m / 6749 ft
    Distance:45.7 km / 28.4 mi
    Grade/Class:YDS2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Hot out of shaddow
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:954 m / 3130 ft
    Distance:5.5 km / 3.4 mi
    Route:Valley and N face
    Trailhead:A'Saye  1132 m / 3717 ft
    Time Up:3 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2057 m / 6749 ft
    Distance:40.2 km / 25 mi
    Route:Service Road by Army 4x4
    Trailhead:Khasab airforce base  29 m / 98 ft
    Time Down:2 Hours 5 Minutes



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