Ascent of Masada on 2011-05-10

Climber: Eli Wolfhagen

Others in Party:Lena Katsnelson
Nata Epshtein
Date:Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Ski Lift
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:164 ft / 49 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took the easy way up (using the cable car), but this allowed the party to explore the entire massif, including two Herodian palaces, several other fortifications, a cool spot along the southern rim with a haunting echo and the ruins of the old synagogue and zealot's quarters. Lena and I earned our "ascent" by descending via the Snake Path for half an hour in the blazing Yom Ha-Atzma'ut sun, while Nata (though still quite the trooper at age 77) took the cable car back down to the visitor center.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1083 ft / 329 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1083 ft / 330 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1017 ft / 309 m
    Route:Cable Car
    Start Trailhead:Visitor Center  -853 ft / -259 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1083 ft / 330 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1017 ft / 308 m; Extra: 66 ft / 20m
    Gain on way out:66 ft / 20 m
    Route:Snake Path
    End Trailhead:Visitor Center  -853 ft / -259 m
    Time:30 Minutes

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