Ascent of Jebel Khadar South on 2018-03-09

Climber: Rob Woodall

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, March 9, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Jebel Khadar South
    Elevation:7221 ft / 2200 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed the day after the north (main) summit. Seems about 10m lower, a fine hike, much of it on well used donkey tracks, saw/heard a few goatherds, also a lot of litter mainly cans and plastic bottles. Should be possible to get both summits from Bidah, with a night out. 2WD access to trailhead

First light 0600 I set off from Bidah car park (N22.55060° E59.11819°), steep road up thru village, continuing beyond to smallholdings, fork R on donkey path gradually descending to irrigated area, follow path then irrigation channels, then cross bouldery wadi floor and take donkey path up steep spur to L, follows a fine sharp crested ridge then descends and crosses a level area then descends to cross a rocky wadi, climbs L on far side then follows shelf with view of rocky ridge-end up to R; I descend a little to cross another wadi then straight up, but may be best to stay on the trail and see if it climbs L of the ridge. Nice rocky climb direct to ridge, a little scrambling, good level walking on top. I then take direct route for the whaleback summit now visible - bad idea, 2 deep ravines and 2 big climbs, some hardish scrambling, best to take longer route round to L, to avoid most of climbing.

Summit is a small boulder (N22.53020° E59.20793°, 2201m) some way E of two comms compounds, a top further SW (N22.52759° E59.20616°) just beyond the fenced compounds is 3m lower, by hand level. Appears to be served by helicopter, no sign of access road. Levelling back to N summits suggests they are higher, the difference probably about 10m, which is difference in GPS readings, 2201-2m here, steady for the time I'm here, 20mins total with 5h50 up and 4h50 down. Heading back I initially head E keeping to higher ground, avoiding first deep wadi although still cross the second, might be worth longer detour to avoid. Then back along the level ridge and reverse the upward route, scrambling a little harder in descent. Very hot lower down if out of breeze, pleasant down along the irrigation channels among the palms, then back into heat along donkey track and down thru village. Fine hike but good to be out of the heat; indeed time to head back to wintry UK!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7395 ft / 2253 m
    Total Elevation Loss:7395 ft / 2253 m
    Round-Trip Distance:17.3 mi / 27.9 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6696 ft / 2040 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 5384 ft / 1641 m; Extra: 1312 ft / 399m
    Loss on way in:1312 ft / 399 m
    Distance:8.4 mi / 13.5 km
    Start Trailhead:Bidah village  1837 ft / 559 m
    Time:5 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:6083 ft / 1854 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 5384 ft / 1641 m; Extra: 699 ft / 213m
    Gain on way out:699 ft / 213 m
    Distance:8.9 mi / 14.4 km
    End Trailhead:Bidah village  1837 ft / 559 m
    Time:4 Hours 50 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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