Ascent of Ras Dashen on 2019-02-25
|Others in Party:||Denise Mclellan|
Rob Woodall -- Trip Report or GPS Track
|Date:||Monday, February 25, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||14905 ft / 4543 m|
Ascent Trip ReportSummit :- N13.23693deg.,E038.37264deg. 4537m Stubby square concrete pillar on rocky summit.
West Top :- N13.23641deg.,E038.36831deg. 4538m Rocky summit with flattened cairn.
Up at 04:30. As we group in the mess tent for breakfast there are complaints of a night of noise, it’s only now I remember the rhythmic drumming as I’d drifted into sleep. Apparently this went on into the early hours accompanied by an enthusiastic chorus of barking dogs, all in celebration of a village wedding.
We depart 06:00 taking the stony dusty path up the valley, it’s still dark and we travel in pools of torch light. Almost immediately we cross the dry stream bed and then along its N side the path dropping away with frightening steepness to the boulder river bed some 5m below. Cool in the fresh E wind. Rocks and fields begin to take shape in the pale grey light on dawn and daylight quickly arrives. There are numerous tracks ascending through the fields and farms but they seem to all meet up, often the case of zigzag or short cut. Pass through a village and the track joins a wide bulldozed road no longer maintained for vehicle use. We follow the road to a height of 3700m where we take a well used track over grassy hillside with groups of Giant Labelia. A large flock of red billed Chough pick over the grass. The track short cuts a huge switch back and we rejoin the bulldozed road where it starts a long traverse E at ~alt .4000m before switch backing up to the wide col on the Ras Dashen ridge.(09:40). Basalt here has amygdales of turquoise green agate(?). Cool enough to merit a windproof before setting off for the summit unsure which of the numerous ridge top rock bands is the high point. It’s a nice area of gentle grassland to the S and dark crags to the N, a good path heads E then NE to the base of the central rock band/crag. We traverse the base of the rock band to its E side where a well worn scramble up solid rock (YDS3) reaches the spacious rocky summit. There is a stubby concrete pillar marked with ‘4543’. Very fine views. Peak to the W is very similar height, those to the E definitely lower.
Enjoyable scrambling W along the ridge to the W Top, a rocky summit with flattened cairn. The Abney (both ways) suggests only ~1m lower than the Summit. Descend the rocky SSW ridge back to the col then back down the road to Ambikwa camp(16:20).
Our cook produces a large plate of chips; with tomato sauce, the first thing I’ve enjoyed eating for a long while! Suddenly feeling much better and I’ve jumped up the team health league from languishing in bottom place for the last few days to mid place above our guide Meles now lying in his tent complaining of a broken hip (we considered only bruised) having fallen 2m from a rock band and Petter, with ongoing stomach problems and no Imodium left.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||4862 ft / 1481 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||4862 ft / 1481 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||13.7 mi / 22 km|
| Grade/Class:||YDS3 - summit only|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Guide, Tent Camp|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||4665 ft / 1421 m|
| Distance:||6.8 mi / 10.9 km|
| Route:||From W by dirt road|
| Start Trailhead:||Ambikwa camp 10240 ft / 3121 m|
| Loss on way out:||4862 ft / 1481 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 4665 ft / 1422 m; Extra: 197 ft / 60m|
| Gain on way out:||197 ft / 60 m|
| Distance:||6.9 mi / 11.1 km|
| Route:||As ascent|
| End Trailhead:||Ambikwa camp 10240 ft / 3121 m|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Simien Mountains (6 nights total away from roads)|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 19390 ft / 5910 m Total Trip Loss: 18964 ft / 5780 m
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