Ascent of Mount Lamlam on 2016-06-05

Climber: Craig Barrett

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, June 5, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Lamlam
    Elevation:1332 ft / 405 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hike from Manglo (separate high point) to Lam Lam to Parking Area. This is not an easy hike, no altitude but the heat, humidity, sun and jungle will overwhelm you if you are not prepared for it. Temperature was in the low to mid 90s with high humidity. Watched rain move across the island at one, if you have been in the Pacific then you know and if you haven’t, then there is no way to explain it.

You head North from Manglo on a foot trail that eventually disappears. Expect spiders, bugs and elephant grass. If you think it will be easier to move through high grass you will find out it is a "no", the high grass is over your head and there is no way to tell direction unless you just follow a compass. I am 6’0” so it is not like I am short or even average height. Hiking through this high grass is like hiking through waist high snow, it is exhausting.

Numerous peaks in the area that are short Class 2-3 climbs that are a lot of fun. The rock is jagged, nasty and you wonder how they fought over this island during WW II. It is a bushwhack at the end as there is not enough climbers to beat down a jungle that never stops trying to reclaim the trail. Pace yourself, have a good compass and lots of water. I felt like Indiana Jones on this one and could have used his whip and his pistol.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Hot, Humid, Mostly Sunny

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