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Ascent of Crooks Tower on 2012-05-03

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, May 3, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Crooks Tower
    Location:USA-South Dakota
    Elevation:7137 ft / 2175 m

Ascent Trip Report

I split this highpoint over two days, mostly because of when I arrived. I drove to the highest road in the Midwest at 7210'+ and was right next to Crooks Tower. This was maybe a ten foot hike onto the rock outcropping that is the tower. Then in barely any light I strolled down through the saddle in between Crooks and the northernmost of the three points. This point had good views as well as Crooks did. A rock pile is the highest point. Then I returned to my car for the night. In the morning I drove to the new road leaving west from what may still be Black Fox Camp Road at N 44.14262 W 103.92833 From here I made the mistake of going SW for a while into the woods before consulting my new compass to return to the car. I was very confused about where I was going due to the topo's incorrect road layout. I'd use the aerial image over the topo on this one. Then I decided to follow a deer and walk west on the new road I parked at. I worked my way WNW and eventually NW up onto a small ridge. This area has been somewhat logged and there is no heavy vegetation to get in the way for a hiker. I found the four foot stump, but there were no rocks on it. I found a flat rock and placed it on the top. Then I walked to the end of the ridge to make sure I found the right four foot stump. I had. It is reddish in color and is rotting away and only a ten minute walk from where I parked assuming you go the right direction. I have a photo of the stump for anyone who wants to know what they are looking for.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:107 ft / 32 m
    Elevation Loss:107 ft / 32 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:70 ft / 21 m
    Extra Loss:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Trailhead:Highest Road in the Midwest  7127 ft / 2172 m
    Time Up:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:47 ft / 14 m
    Extra Gain:37 ft / 11 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.6 km
    Trailhead:Highest Road in the Midwest  7127 ft / 2172 m
    Time Down:15 Minutes



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