Ascent of Agrihan High Point on 2018-06-02

Climber: Joe McGillian

Others in Party:John Mitchler
Clint Kaul
Chuck Bickes
Reid Larson
Tony Cobb
Gary Reckelhoff
Ginge Fullen
Conner Hoagland
Josh Gonzalez
Peter Frick-Wright
Greg Juhl
*Joe Omar
Vincent (Guide)
Enos (Guide)
Ray (Guide)
Lawr (Guide)
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 2, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Boat
Peak:Agrihan High Point
    Location:Northern Marianas
    Elevation:3204 ft / 976 m

Ascent Trip Report

*This is all from memory. Will go through my notes later to add information and correct and inaccuracies.

21 May 2018- I fly out of Wichita
22 May- Arrive in Guam
23 May- Arrive in Saipan. Check in to Himawari hotel. Team slowly trickling in.
24 May- Team dinner and permit signing. Meeting with Mayor.
25 May- Meeting with governor and loading boat. Last of the team arrives in Saipan.
26 May- Board the MP Super Emerald and set sail. 24 straight hours on the water. Mirror seas, couldn't ask for better conditions.

27 May- Arrive at Agrihan at ~9am. Launch takes many trips to unload all crew an supplies. John, Gary, Ginge, and I go ahead of the rest of the team with a few of the cutters to scout the route. Back to beach that night to set up camp. Using old medicine dispensary as our base of operations.

28 May- Push further into the jungle, slowly clearing at straightening the path. Gradually moving water caches farther inland- our lifeline. Routefinding is difficult here, but by the end of the day we reach a section of swordgrass we feel would be good to start cutting up into.

29 May- Camp 1 established at ~1000ft. Under a large tree that created a clearing the the swordgrass. Progress through swordgrass slow but steady. Most of team just hauling water and supplies from beach. Extremely hot day.

30 May- Camp 2 established on ridgeline at ~1500ft. First difficulty section, a deep ravine we call D1, proves challenging but navigable. Small Camp 2.5 (just a water cache and catchment system) set up at ~1700ft.

31 May- Camp 3, another small camp, established at 1920ft. Camp 4 Established at ~2500ft.

1 June- Entire team sleeps at camp 4

2 June- Summit day.

3 June-

4 June-

5 June-

6 June- Super Emerald arrives to pick up team.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3204 ft / 976 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
    Gear Used:
Rope, Ski Poles, Guide, Hut Camp, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:11 nights away from roads
    Weather:Drizzle, Hot, Breezy, Overcast
Hot and partly cloudy at bottom, windy and socked in at top
Ascent Statistics
    Time:7 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Time:6 Hours 

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