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Ascent of Slatington Benchmark on 2012-02-25

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Supported by Rose
Date:Saturday, February 25, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Slatington Benchmark
    Location:USA-Arkansas
    Elevation:2209 ft / 673 m

Ascent Trip Report

A moderately steep track climb .... 2.2 miles,55 minutes RT.

We left the city of Mena eastbound on #8 for 21.2 miles to the Montgomery Co Line, where we continued 2.92 miles to a right turn on dirt road #FR43, signed "Caney Creek Wild Life Management Area, Ouachita National Forest", 100 yards before this road is the sign "Little Mo Falls, Albert Pike Rec Areas".
We followed the winding rough road #43 generally south for 2.2 miles to the crest-of-the-road at a saddle and a crossing with a lesser woods track. The track to the right is signed #43A, we parked here, this was my TH.

I walked/climbed the moderately steep 43A southwest .5 miles to the ridge, where I turned west and continued on the ridge another .6 miles to the summit ..... open area with super views to the south and partial to the north, 3 old tower foundations plus remnnats of building foundations, the HP is the obvious rock outcrop. I looked all over for the BM with no luck.
The destruction caused by recent forest fires was be seen for miles.

"IT'S NOT THE SIZE OF THE MOUNTAIN IN THE CLIMB, IT'S THE SIZE OF THE CLIMB IN THE MOUNTAIN."
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1069 ft / 326 m
    Extra Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:woods track 43A swbound from 43
    Trailhead:hwy 7/FR43  1200 ft / 365 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:19 Minutes



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