Ascent of Guna Terara on 2019-02-22

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Petter Bjørstad
Richard Mclellan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Denise Mclellan
Date:Friday, February 22, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Guna Terara
    Elevation:13517 ft / 4119 m

Ascent Trip Report

Straightforward half day hike, either as an out and back or in our case, as a traverse. Nice grassy mountain.

From Debre Tabor, drive good dirt road (bus route!) to its high point (N11.68480° E38.21119°) SW of summit, good walk mostly on grass, bypassing the minor 3900m summit, crossing the 4050m summit (GPS N11.69917° E38.23025°, 4064m) to reach the 4120m main summit (GPS N11.70626° E38.23701°, 4120m) in 2 hrs (outcrop, others nearby 0.3m lower), hand levelling north confirms all other summits lower. We cross the lower north summit then passing a flock of wattled ibis we visit the far north summit, (GPS N11.72234° E38.23958°, 4100m P51m, outcrop) (thickbilled ravens) then descend NE to the road, initially on grass then negotiating small terraced fields to reach trails leading down to roadside houses. I detour over the 3921m P56 (GPS N11.73496° E38.24361°, 3921m) (small leopard crosses summit!) then the 3925m P98 (GPS N11.74317° E38.23975°, 3925m) is suddenly quite tough at altitude, trying to move quickly to rejoin the others. However I miss them and enjoy a solo jog down. We reconvene at the road (GPS N11.75217° E38.27226°, 3224m), 5hrs total, back to Debre Tabor for a late lunch, then west and north to Gondar, stopping en route to admire the Finger of God rock tower, a challenging looking technical climb.

Overnight Gondar, Goha hotel N side of town, fancy tourist place.

Our four 'unknown' ultras done, our last is to be the well known Ras Dashen, with some extra summits along the way.

Guna Terara photos

Part of 2 week trip organised and led by
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1385 ft / 422 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1385 ft / 422 m
    Distance:9.3 mi / 15 km
    Route:Traverse SW to NE
    Start Trailhead:Road to SW   12132 ft / 3697 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 

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