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Ascent of Isla Paridita High Point on 2011-03-31

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen
Daniel and Sarah Musser with Guide-Host Grant Ravenscroft
Date:Thursday, March 31, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Boat
Peak:Isla Paridita High Point
    Location:Panama
    Elevation:112 ft / 34 m

Ascent Trip Report

Second day on private island. After snorkeling and breakfast time to explore the south side island beaches, tide pools and island highpoint. We left a bit too late and the tide was coming back. We saw black coral, and many organisms in the tide pools such as brittle star; purple star, eels, sea urchins, 4 species of crab, etc.. and climbed sharp eroded volcanic pinacles along the coast for views varying from 8 feet to 25 feet tall and then worked along the coastal path to climb the other island HP and the one we believe to be the "highest" point on Paridita.

We worked out way up and down the volcanic undulations and then rested, ate lunch, and went out fishing catching dinner of mackerel, jack, and tuna. Danny cauht a 10 pound skip jack tuna that was delicious. Surprising how much excercise you can get scrabling around on a 65 acre island in the Pacific with all the volcanic hills to climb to get around anywhere. Views from the south coast line were spectacular!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:407 ft / 123 m
    Total Elevation Loss:341 ft / 102 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Grade/Class:1, 2, 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Guide, Hut Camp
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
tropical
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:276 ft / 84 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 112 ft / 34 m; Extra: 164 ft / 49m
    Loss on way in:164 ft / 49 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:paved trail to marsh to beach to scramble tide poo
    Start Trailhead:beach  0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:177 ft / 53 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 46 ft / 14 m; Extra: 131 ft / 39m
    Gain on way out:131 ft / 39 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:ridge trail back to beach to huts
    End Trailhead:same  66 ft / 20 m



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