Ascent of Bwahit on 2019-02-24

Climber: Richard Mclellan

Others in Party:Denise Mclellan
Rob Woodall -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Petter Bjørstad
Date:Sunday, February 24, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:14534 ft / 4429 m

Ascent Trip Report

BWAHIT 4430m P737m Sunday 24-02-2019

High Point :- N13.24459deg.,E038.21819deg. 4427m Rock 2m SSE of tall pointed cairn.

A cool night with temperatures dropping to 0 °C. Daylight floods into the morning under cloudless skies, sun on the crags to the W moves quickly over the hillside, across the col and soon warms us. Depart with small day sacs at 08:15, our team of 4 mules taking the camping gear on to Ambikwa.
We set off E along the dirt road, a large Ibex passes just in front of us, after only 100m we turn off to the left to gain the scenic path ascending along the rim of the plateau. It’s a nice path through giant heather trees sillhoetted against the pale dry soil and bright morning light. The path touches the switch backing dirt road a few times. Morning now hot in the bright sunshine. At alt.4100m where the road heads SW across the hillside we follow it, cross a small bridge then take a thin path climbing S up slope of grass tussocks, rocks and dusty soil, the path steepens, groups of Giant Lobelia, a little more rock but all easy. At 11:05 I reach the rocky summit with its tall slender cairn. Fine views include the Ras Dashen skyline ridge to the E. Cumulus building.
Depart 11:35 taking path SE along the edge of the steep NE slope to rejoin a surface road where it crosses a wide col. We cross the road and take a path E which traverses the hillside under rock bands contouring in and out of the heads of a couple of valleys to reach an airy grassy shoulder at alt.3860m. We lunch in sunshine watching as ominously dark clouds build over Ras Dashen. For below we can see our next objective, the tin roofes of Chiro Leba. A widening path winds down through harvested fields, the whole area being extensively farmed up to 3800m. Stands of Eucalyptus, increasing density of the mud/stick huts and we arrive in the wide main street of Chiro Leba ( 14:15) Hardlythe semi wilderness experience I’d expected of the Simien Mountains, Chiro Laba is a large town, on the positive side there are little stalls where we can buy bottles of coke and water. Children, donkeys, sheep and mules wander in the wide road, thunder rumbles in the mass of dark clouds over Ras Dashen, shops of rain as we leave the village at 14:45. Soon raining enough to merit a stop for waterproofs , at least for us non locals. Mule track descends E along valley, after 20mins the rain passes and skies brighten again. The track descends to deep valley with shallow steam of water Alt.2753m, we cross on stepping stones and start the long gradual ascent to Ambikwa. Arrive 17:00, our camping gear already there the 4mules contentedly munching at hay. Tea water, coffee and biscuits are soon ready on the table in the wallowing mess tent. Skies and views clear after the recent rain. The camping area is a dusty level field with a little grass at the edge of the village, there’s a door less pit toilet in the adjacent field.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3862 ft / 1177 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5508 ft / 1678 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.7 mi / 17.2 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Guide, Porters, Animal/Pet, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Rain shower in afternoon
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2648 ft / 807 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Start Trailhead:Chenneck Camp  11886 ft / 3622 m
    Time:2 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5508 ft / 1678 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4294 ft / 1308 m; Extra: 1214 ft / 370m
    Gain on way out:1214 ft / 370 m
    Distance:7.7 mi / 12.4 km
    End Trailhead:Ambikwa Camp  10240 ft / 3121 m
    Time:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Simien Mountains (6 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Inatye2019-02-231112 ft / 339 m
2Bwahit2019-02-243862 ft / 1177 m
3Ras Dashen2019-02-254862 ft / 1482 m
4Arquaziye Camp Hill2019-02-263753 ft / 1144 m
5Silki2019-02-272677 ft / 816 m
6Mclellan's Molar2019-02-27125 ft / 38 m
7Silki East2019-02-27859 ft / 262 m
8Beroch Wuha2019-02-27755 ft / 230 m
8Chennek Hill2019-02-28 
9Chennek Peak2019-02-281385 ft / 422 m
10Chennek Pike2019-02-28 
Total Trip Gain: 19390 ft / 5910 m    Total Trip Loss: 18964 ft / 5780 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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