Ascent of Ili Labalekang on 2010-08-04

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Daniel Quinn
Adrian Rayner
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Ili Labalekang
    Elevation:5318 ft / 1620 m

Ascent Trip Report

The previous day we had driven from Maumere to Larantuka at the E end of Flores, then caught the midday ferry to Lewoloba on Lembata. There is a stop at Waiwerang on Adonara, during which we were hassled by young lads trying to sell food and drink. (Throughout Indonesia the visitor gets used to being subjected to a chorus of "Hello Mister" but we found it particularly obtrusive on Adonara.)

It was quite difficult to get an ascent of the island HP set up. We had prior details of "Pak Jimmy", who is based at Lile Ile, a losmen (basic accommodation) approx 0.5km E of the Lowoleba pier; we stayed the night here. Jimmy apparently has or can arrange transport, but he was on Bali at the time of our visit. We asked at a couple of hotels and struck lucky at the Lowoleba Hotel (GPSr S8.37420 E123.41493), where the proprietor (chinese origin, youngish) made some phone calls and eventually came up with a locally based driver and guide for the next morning. (The Lowoleba Hotel may be a good choice for accommodation too but we had already moved in to the Lile Ile).

We were picked up outside the Lile Ile at 3 a.m. then drove to the small vallage of Puor on the W slope of the mountain. The road is narrow, winding and very rough for the most part and took approx 2h 15mins.

The trailhead in Puor is at S8.53796 E123.40759 (GPSr), 626m. The trail starts as a steep concrete road. Follow this until it bends sharp R; here fork L then immediately take a path R which heads directly uphill through cultivated ground / plantations. Further up the trail becomes less obvious; after 1km or so it runs out completely, giving way to rough rocky grassland, not making for easy walking.

The weather was poor (rain and wind) and the guide started to fall behind so we suggested he wait for us. The route narrows in places to a quite nice rocky ridge; there is a wide grassy gully at one point then some very easy scrambling, before the level sumnmit is reached (trig block, stones, a collection of bottles, offering plate with some Rupiah notes). Apparently there is (or was) a regular ceremony at the sumnmit (the last one the guide told us was in 1975).

GPSr at summit read 1621m, 23m below the expected value, considerably outside the typical error range. Recorded co-ordinates were S8.54446 E123.38432. I had recorded a GPS track on the ascent and in view of the poor visibility and often poorly defined nature of the ridge we followed this carefully for the first 2/3 of the descent until the trail reappeared.

We were back at the trailhead at 09:20 (approx 3h ascent, 2h descent) and back at Lewolobo pier at 11:30 in good time for the midday ferry to Waiwerang, where we headed next in readiness for ascending Ili Boleng the following day.

For overall trip details see
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3264 ft / 994 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:ENE ridge
    Trailhead:Puon  2054 ft / 626 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 3-
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Warn low down, cold higher up
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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