Ascent of Velika Rudoka on 2018-06-24

Climber: Robert Garneau

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 24, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Velika Rudoka
    Location:Kosovo/North Macedonia
    Elevation:8727 ft / 2659 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ha! I wouldn't follow my route if you can help it! The map I downloaded offline wouldn't open when I got to the trailhead, so I went by memory and by using a good old-fashioned compass. It was a grey-out so I didn't have the benefit of visual markers which made for challenging route finding. Climbing from the Macedonian side, I found the drive up from Sanokos to be straightforward enough, 9 km on narrow but nicely paved road, followed by 4 km of dirt road that was smooth enough for my rental car. At that point the dirt road steepens and turns to slippery mud with deep ruts; wouldn't recommend it for a car. There are nice places to camp at this site and a sign points to Rudoka. The 1st hour takes you to above the treeline and a couple of sheep pens. 9 or 10 dogs came at me which woke me right up. Above that the red & white trail markers (there is no "trail", just open grassy meadow) are so random and far apart as to be useless. In the dense fog, I was unable to locate the "Black Lake," so I remained on the crest of the ridge, which took me north of Rudoka and an inadvertent traverse of the 3 peaks that run east-west above the Black Lake. A brief 30 second clearing once I reached the border allowed me a glimpse of the summit marker (with binoculars) to the south and an hour's hike led me to the summit. Whew!
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A portion of the ridge north of Rudoka. (2018-06-24). Photo by Robert Garneau.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4921 ft / 1499 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4921 ft / 1499 m
    Start Trailhead:3806 ft / 1160 m
    Time:8 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 

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