Ascent of Inatye on 2019-02-23

Climber: Richard Mclellan

Others in Party:Denise Mclellan
Rob Woodall -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Petter Bjørstad
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, February 23, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
    Elevation:13353 ft / 4069 m

Ascent Trip Report

THE SIMIEN MOUNTAINS Saturday 23-02-2019 to Friday 01-03-2019

Our 2 week trip to Northern Ethiopia ended with a 6 day trek in the Simien Mountains, Ras Dashen our primary objective.

The busy little town of Debark, a 2hour drive N from Gondar, is the starting point for a trek in the Simien Mountains. It's here the Nat. Park office is located on the W side of the main road just as you enter the town from the S. A group of Park Scouts dressed in smart green uniforms and armed with ancient riffles await allocation to a trekking party. A large sign at the entrance clearly displays the cost for various services. For parties of 1 to 5 people these are:-
Entrance fee ETB500/day, Scout (Mandatory) ETB400/day, Cook ETB500/day, Mule ETB400/day, Mule handler ETB400/day. Tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, tables and chairs can also be hired at very reasonable prices. The town has shops, hotels and a garage.

The road to the Simien Mountains is a turning E off the main road at N13.15796deg.,E037.89827deg. It's market day and our Land Cruiser nudges its way slowly through the groups of goats, sheep and cattle which fill the road. After 6.8miles a rough dirt road forks left from the main road and quickly reaches the park gate. It’s a further 20miles and the best part of 2 hours driving along a plateau like ridge with glimpses of fine views to the NE. before we reach our Trail head for Inatye. N13.24004deg.,E038.13557deg. 3759m, It’s the high point of the rough dirt road before it descends to Chenneck.

INATYE 4070m P518m Saturday 23-02-2019

High Point :- N13.26141deg.,E038.16487deg. 4076m Rock breaking through rough grass at edge of plateau.
West Top :- N13.26139deg.,E038.15771deg. 4069m Rock breaking through rough grass at edge of plateau.

Depart 14:35 and ascend gently NE over grass with scattered rock outcrops and the now familiar Giant Lobelia to the N edge of the plateau. The sheer edge offers extensive views to the NW as well as 2 distinct high points each on a minor spur and 750m apart. After careful levelling (both ways) we all decide the Eastern point is the higher and hence the summit of Inatye (16:17)
A nice path descends the grassy S slopes of the ridge and through giant heather forest to join the road at a col and a short ascent to Chenneck camp. (17:50) Spacious camp with green painted huts, manual water pump near small stream and pit toilets.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1112 ft / 338 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1559 ft / 475 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1112 ft / 338 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1020 ft / 310 m; Extra: 92 ft / 28m
    Loss on way in:92 ft / 28 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:SW slope from road
    Start Trailhead:N13.24004deg.,E038.13557deg.  12333 ft / 3759 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1467 ft / 447 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    End Trailhead:Chenneck camp  11886 ft / 3622 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Simien Mountains (6 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Inatye2019-02-231112 ft / 339 m
2Bwahit2019-02-243862 ft / 1177 m
3Ras Dashen2019-02-254862 ft / 1482 m
4Arquaziye Camp Hill2019-02-263753 ft / 1144 m
5Silki2019-02-272677 ft / 816 m
6Mclellan's Molar2019-02-27125 ft / 38 m
7Silki East2019-02-27859 ft / 262 m
8Beroch Wuha2019-02-27755 ft / 230 m
8Chennek Hill2019-02-28 
9Chennek Peak2019-02-281385 ft / 422 m
10Chennek Pike2019-02-28 
Total Trip Gain: 19390 ft / 5910 m    Total Trip Loss: 18964 ft / 5780 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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