Ascent of Phnom Aural on 2010-07-10

Climber: Steve Gosselin

Others in Party:Amie
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 10, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Phnom Aural
    Elevation:5948 ft / 1812 m

Ascent Trip Report

We have accomplished what I would say is one of Cambodia's more difficult adventures. Well, hiking to the top of Mt. Aoral (1813m) is not too difficult when you eventually get around to the hiking part. Arrangements and access are the real adventure.

The trail head is way off the beaten path, down roads that are difficult to maneuver by any vehicle (I claim horseback would be the best). We nearly destroyed our motorbikes fording rivers and avoiding stumps, holes, and rocks. Also, making arrangements with a guide in a nearby village are nearly impossible without a good command of Khmer language. We thought we had everything sorted out until the last minute when paying our guide :)

The actual hike is not that interesting. The trail hasn't been developed at all so no one has cut away any trees to make any sort of view. We did have fun camping at a stream about half way up except for half freezing to death in our hammocks.

Anyway, like most adventures in Cambodia, the means is often more exciting than the end. This was definitely the case with Aoral.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads

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