Ascent of Hooiberg on 1982-07-22

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, July 22, 1982
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:164 m / 541 ft

Ascent Trip Report

I was 18 when my family went to Aruba for a week-long vacation. I was struck by the solitary peak of the Hooiberg that dominated the skyline, and I decided to go check it out while the rest of my family relaxed at the Aruba Beach Club on the northwest coast of the island.

I think my Mom or Dad had to go into downtown Oranjstad for some reason so they got a taxi into town, and I came along. I was given enough money for the taxi ride home, and I set off towards the peak, walking on the side of the roads. I had a good Esso road map, the terrain was flat, and the traffic was not too bad. It was hot and dry, though--Aruba is a desert island with cactus and few trees.

I went to the north side of the peak and saw the huge staircase of white concrete steps--I had no idea that would be there. So I hiked up the stairs, the longest set I have ever hiked. It seemed like a strange way to hike up a peak. I reached the summit, took some photos, admired the view, and then hiked down.

I was now extremely thirsty, since I had no water with me (indeed, no pack or gear at all). There was a local roadside bar I passed while walking back to Oranjstad and I went in and tried asking for a glass of water in English, Spanish, and French, but they did not understand, being speakers of the local Papamiento creole. Somehow I did manage to get a glass of water I downed in one gulp, and gave them some money--not much, since I had to keep enough for taxi fare.

I finished my hot, dry walk into downtown Oranjstad and found the taxi stand, where my money just paid for the ride back to the Beach Club, with no tip--the driver didn't seem to mind.

Later in the week my family rented a car to tour the island a bit more, and I was keen to get to the island high point, Jamanota. But it was not in the cards since we had no information about it and no one but me had any interest.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:149 m / 491 ft
    Elevation Loss:161 m / 531 ft
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:149 m / 491 ft
    Trailhead:Oranjstad  15 m / 50 ft
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:161 m / 531 ft
    Trailhead:Oranjstad  3 m / 10 ft
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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