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Ascent of Hanang on 2018-01-18

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Adrian Rayner
Sean Casserly -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Martin Richardson
Date:Thursday, January 18, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Hanang
    Location:Tanzania
    Elevation:3417 m / 11211 ft

Ascent Trip Report

9h20 round trip from S (Katesh) on good trail, a little easy scrambling. Needs a guide, and fee to pay, to get past gate at start: Thomas Safari (website, Facebook etc) is a good bet. NB June is dry season in this part of the country, but we had a dry day despite rainy season and forecast thunderstorms.

After our Kitumbeine ascent, a one day drive brought us to Katesh, via nearby Nangwa with flood debris from recent heavy rain; overnight at Colt guesthouse (where my GPS track ends). Next morning, later than intended start, as the most direct route defeated our Landcruiser due to mud from yesterday's rain. Started 0710 at dirt-road junction, S4.49027° E35.40005°, 1973m GPS); extra 15mins hike to trailhead where guard (there early am until 10am we were told) opened gate (S4.48702° E35.39752°, 1987m GPS). Trail initially in woodland, which gradually thins out with height. High cloud and a breeze made for nice ascent. Reaching a ridge-end summit we got our first view of the true summit, at far end of an interesting knobbly ridge, with some easy scrambling and several summits, quite time consuming but involving only 50m extra ascent in total. Summit marked by a boulder (S4.43393° E35.40163°, 3418m GPS) and slightly lower cairn. Next summit to N is 5-10m lower by hand level. Views down to a large lake, no distant views but the steep forested slopes of the peak itself are rugged and quite impressive.

We were up in 5h20, spent 30mins on top for lunch, down in 3h30; 9h20 round trip. Quite warm on descent. Thomas apprehended a hiker from Arusha who hadn't a permit and was trying for an afternoon ascent. Birds noted Tambourine dove and meije cuckoo heard in forest; lanner falcon seen on summit ridge.

Hanang photos

A fine ascent, best of our trip so far. Next day a rainy drive - the road flooded at one point with water coursing across the normally arid terrain - back to Arusha and on to Same for hopefully two more ultras.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1445 m / 4738 ft
    Grade/Class:YDS 1+
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Guide
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1445 m / 4738 ft
    Distance:13.3 km / 8.3 mi
    Trailhead:1972 m / 6473 ft
    Time Up:5 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:4 Hours 



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