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Ascent of Stanton County High Point on 2002-09-20

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Friday, September 20, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stanton County High Point
    Location:USA-Kansas
    Elevation:3711 ft / 1131 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had flown in yesterday into Amarillo, Texas, and driven up to Kenton, Oklahoma (attending the State Highpointer's Convention), arriving in the dark. Today, a bunch of us convened to visit a few county highpoints, some in southeast Colorado, some here in Kansas, and one more in Oklahoma.

We were successful in Colorado, and from there we entered into Kansas near the community of Saunders. From Saunders, we went south about a mile on a local road, east a little over a mile, then south again. We were supposed to find a two-track trending west about a mile after our last turn, but we overshot it, probably because we were goofing off and not paying attention. We backtracked and found it, and drove in. It was overgrown, but we were able to get everyone in a half-mile. Even the passenger cars made it.

The highpoint is a broad brush-covered "hill", barely discernable, another quarter-mile west from where we parked. We all took off west, some trending slightly southwest, toward the top, marked by farm implements. The brush was about shin-high and snakes were on my mind, but I saw none. Dave Olson and I arrived first and the rest followed very shortly. We all milled about, some using sight-levels to verify our position. It certainly was an odd event to be with about two dozen others in the middle of a Kansas field. We walked back to the vehicles and had our lunch, before heading south into Morton County, which was next on our agenda.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:3691 ft / 1125 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country



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