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Ascent of Minnehaha County High Point on 2015-07-21

Climber: John Hasch

Others in Party:Fred Lobdell
Date:Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Minnehaha County High Point
    Location:USA-South Dakota
    Elevation:1820 ft / 554 m

Ascent Trip Report

CoHP – MINNEHAHA COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA
1820+ ft.

Tuesday, 7/21/2015

It was getting late in the day, and I still had a 400+mile drive across Minnesota to meet Fred Lobdell tomorrow at the Konvention headquarters. So I decided to forego an attempt at Pike Mountain in St. Louis County. Instead, I embarked on the long drive. I drove through the night, taking stops as frequently and for as long as I felt was needed. I arrived in Worthington early enough that I made my first visit to Hawkeye Point, the Iowa state HP. I was back in Worthington and met Fred on time as planned.

We transferred my essential goods to Fred’s car, and he did the day’s driving. We had agreed that a quick trip into nearby South Dakota would be a novel way to spend the day, so we set our first destination as Minnehaha County.

I have no route comments since I did not do the driving. In fact, I paid little attention to how we got wherever we went. I can merely confirm by observation of trip reports and topo and satellite maps that we arrived where we intended. And I can confirm that we passed through Buffalo Trading Post on the way.

We eventually drove west on 249th St. and arrived at a small, fenced area to the south. The fence was a low-hanging single strand barbed wire, easy to step over. Inside the fence was a tombstone-like rock that was smoothed and engraved on one face. The engraving read “Doug Horsted Memorial Game Production Area” along with two ducks and some other text. Nearby was a bronze “roadside marker” type of sign. It was printed on both sides, telling the history of Doug’s donation.

We looked to the NW to the small nearby 2nd contour. Our visual observation matched the reports posted by prior visitors. In our opinion, the other contour was lower, so we did not visit the smaller, NW contour. Fred and I both agreed that the highest land on the SE contour was at or near the markers. We wandered around a bit and called this one done. To summarize, Minnehaha County can nearly be Martinized. We started the Iowa Konvention with a SD HP.
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