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Ascent of Bismarck Lookout on 2009-12-20

Climber: Dave Dunham

Others in Party:Eric
Date:Sunday, December 20, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bismarck Lookout
    Location:USA-Arkansas
    Elevation:1282 ft / 390 m

Ascent Trip Report

Old trip reports talked about a stream crossing that might be difficult, but there is now a nice cement bridge. The dirt road was gated in two locations and even if it were not, it would be impossible in a rental car. We ran to the top in 15 minutes and checked out the fire tower and benchmark on the top. We were stymied again with low haze, so not much of a view. The bottom set of stairs has been taken out of the tower, but someone attached a rope. There was no way a couple of skinny-armed runners could climb it. We headed down and took a side road to add onto the run, which gave us a 45:12 round trip (it would have been under 30 if we just did an out/back to the tower).

Account of the entire trip:
http://ddmountainrunr.blogspot.com/2009/12/high-point-trip.html
Pictures from the trip:
http://doubledmountainrunner.shutterfly.com/387
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:842 ft / 255 m
    Elevation Loss:842 ft / 255 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:642 ft / 195 m
    Trailhead:640 ft / 195 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:842 ft / 255 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Trailhead:640 ft / 195 m



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