Ascent of Inerie on 2010-08-02

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Daniel Quinn
Adrian Rayner
Date:Monday, August 2, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:7306 ft / 2226 m

Ascent Trip Report

By Flores standards this one seems to be climbed fairly frequently by visitors. A minor road runs south from Bajawa and the trailhead, a wide track junction with a building, is partway along it (GPSr S8.86353 E120.97295, 1099m).

The wide track is followed E; a narrower path soon branches L, passes between some huts then crosses grassland, gently sloping at first but the ground becoming steeper and rougher as height is gained. If starting in the dark as we did (02:30) a guide is recommended, as the trail is not obvious over the first few hundred metres. We had a local guide from Bajawa. The upper part of the route is rock overlain by varying amounts of loose stones, making it a little scrabbly in ascent and requiring considerable care in descent (walking poles probably useful).

We reached the crater rim (2109m) in about 2h30. We waited a short while for first light but low clouds and rain persisted so we continued, making a 20m descent initially before resuming the steep rocky ascent the summit, which is marked crucifixion-like by 3 crosses. Our GPSrs read 2227m, 18m lower than mapped, somewhat outside the usual error range (sea level readings were around 0m wherever we noted it). GPSr co-ordinates at summit were S8.87809 E120.95441. Again we waited for a clearance but rain and cold wind continued, so we headed down (I took a 2nd reading, again recording 2227m). Initially from the 2109m/P21m summit on the crater rim (S8.87799 E120.95703), the route isn't well marked and our guide look us too far left. Fortunately I had recorded a GPS track on the way up and spotted the error, and we were quickly back on track. Further down, a scree/sandy gully L of the path can be used for 100m or so to ease and speed the descent, although be aware of rocks which can be launched down the route all too easily - I had to dodge a potential leg-breaker. Further down we met half a dozen hikers on their way up. There was heavy rain for much of the day and we wondered how far they got.

Having regained the trailhead at 09:00 we were picked up by our driver; the remainder of the day was taken up by an 8 hour drive through heavy rain, west to Maumere, where we stayed at the pleasant Sao Resort - a basic but comfortable hotel with reasonable food, pool and beach (GPSr S8.63349 E122.31248). The next day we continued to the island of Lembata, for Ili Labalekang.

For overall trip details see
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3832 ft / 1167 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3832 ft / 1167 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Windy, Low Clouds
Wind and rain at higher elevations, hot lower down
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3763 ft / 1146 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3697 ft / 1126 m; Extra: 66 ft / 20m
    Loss on way in:66 ft / 20 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3 km
    Route:NE ridge route
    Start Trailhead:Minor road NE of summit  3609 ft / 1100 m
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3766 ft / 1147 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3697 ft / 1126 m; Extra: 69 ft / 21m
    Gain on way out:69 ft / 21 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3 km
    Route:NE ridge route
    End Trailhead:Minor road NE of summit  3609 ft / 1100 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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