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Ascent to Volcán Maderas-West top 1348m on 2015-11-30

Climber: Denise Mclellan

Date:Monday, November 30, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Point Reached:Volcán Maderas - West top 1348m
    Location:Nicaragua
    Elevation:4573 ft / 1393 m

Ascent Trip Report

Went to high point according to our map(Kelsey diagram); on descent fog cleared and it became apparent that the high point was in fact the south summit. Possibly accessed from side path along rim but heavily vegetated and swirling cloud. We had no time to try, given darkness falls at 1720. Muddy! Our path started and finished at the Community Finca Magdalena, on north side of volcano, where there is basic accommodation, camping, food and showers.

Additional information added 30/01/2017: Following debate with Alan Bernier and Rob Woodall, who recently visited the area, and an analysis by Jonathan De Ferranti of data that he holds, I have decided that the 1348m point ie the NW summit that Richard and I reached was in fact the high point and that the unvisited SW summit is lower. Hence I have changed my entry from unsuccessful attempt to successful ascent. I will be interested to receive GPS elevation data from anyone who reaches the SW summit, possibly via a path from the crater lake as Rob and Alan found a rim route barred by thick vegetation.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4573 ft / 1393 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4573 ft / 1393 m
    Start Trailhead:0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics



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