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Ascent of Las Cumbres on 2017-01-08

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
Date:Sunday, January 8, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bus
Peak:Las Cumbres
    Location:Nicaragua
    Elevation:3117 ft / 950 m

Ascent Trip Report

Nice view north over Managua to its lake and graceful Volcan Momotombo beyond.

Several roadside summits of similar elevation: took an hour out from our Chinandega - Rivas bus ride, got off at El Crucero and walked 2km of road visiting the various HP contenders - and failing to determine which is higher. Jonathan de Ferranti had 945 p655 but subsequently found 950m spot on 50k map.

Meseta means plateau. In this case an undulating ridge with a road running along it; scattered houses, comms and other installations. 1:50,000 map has a 950m spot height just S of road at Lat 12.00036 Lon -86.29669. Ground seems pretty level at this point, from our visit we could see nothing higher S side of road where the map suggests. Approx 2m lower than the other candidates. 1) and 2) below very similar based on hand level (but no clear line of sight). 3) lower. 4) probably a little lower but could be as high.
Altimeter readings not consistent. GPS elevs not taken, would be too inaccurate to be relevant.
1) Western summit from visit is Lat 11.99542 Lon -86.30634, grass bank W side of side road, outside walled compound, looks similar inside. Altimeter 3120ft first time, 3140ft 30 mins later.
2) Next summit east is Lat 11.99857 Lon -86.30212, bank N side of road E side of comms compound wall. Altimeter 3133ft.
3) Next summit east is the spot height as noted above. Altimeter 3117ft.
4) Easternmost summit Lat 12.00321 Lon -86.29317, S side of road. Yard of house N side of road 2ft higher but looks man made / modified. Altimeter 3123m.

Bus from Chinandega to Managua western bus terminal (Boer); bus to El Crucero (a Jinotepe bus); an hour bagging the various Meseta de los Pueblos summit candidates; minibus to Jinotepe; short taxi ride to main bus terminal; minibus to Rivas; short shared taxi ride to San Jorge arriving in plenty of time for 4pm ferry - to Omotepe for Volcan Concepcion tomorrow.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:165 ft / 50 m
    Extra Gain:33 ft / 10 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Trailhead:El Crucero junction  3018 ft / 919 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes



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