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Ascent of Hawkeye Point on 2017-02-18

Climber: Mike Zampino

Others in Party:Kelli Allstot
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, February 18, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hawkeye Point
    Location:USA-Iowa
    Elevation:1670 ft / 509 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is part of a two Highpoint trip to Hawkeye Point and Charles Mound

Hawkeye Point - Highpoint #27
After taking the red-eye into Minneapolis we got into the rental car and started driving toward Sibley Iowa. It is about a 3 hour drive and the sun started rising about the time we were nearing Worthington. The farm was easy to locate and we had the place to ourselves on this crisp cool morning. As a warning - the tile on the highpoint marker is very slippery when covered in frost. ;-) After taking the obligatory photos of all the items (tile marker, highpoint distance signs, highpoint rock, license plate board, old barn, farmer cutouts, etc.) we hoped back in the car for the drive across Iowa.


Detour - Field of Dreams
Since it is not much out of the way, we decided to take a detour and visit the movie sight for Field of Dreams. This was a fun little stop that I highly recommend. Visiting the field is free. If you want to tour the house, there is a nominal fee. If you are visiting in the off season as we did, you need to schedule the house tour ahead of time or else nobody will be there. This is a great place to have a picnic and play some catch.


Charles Mound - Highpoint #28
We headed through the small hamlet of Scales Mound and found the gated entrance to Charles Mound. This was one of 5 OPEN weekends per year for this highpoint. Please do not trespass when it is not open. The walk down the road was snow free but a little muddy. Follow the road up and past the house to the highpoint. We marked it at 1.1 miles and is a nice little walk. We passed a young woman on her way down with 3 toddlers in tow having a great time. Future highpointers?

Red-Eye Blunder
To save on vacation time we will sometimes take the red-eye when traveling back East for the weekend. We usually sleep fairly well on the plane so we aren't usually too tired the next day. Typically the flight will leave just prior to midnight on Friday and then arrive at our destination just prior to sunrise on Saturday morning. However, on this occasion the plane didn't depart until 1:05am. It wasn't until we were walking to the gate that Kelli looked at the boarding pass and thought it was strange that the date said 2/17 since we were leaving after midnight. As soon as she said that my face turned white, for I had realized I booked the wrong date and our plane actually left 24 hours prior (just after Midnight on Thursday). Somehow we made it through TSA and went to the gate. No gate attendant was there so I immediately called the airline which was closed for the evening. We then decided to talk to the ticket agent who was not able to help because their servers were down and she could not get into the flight we missed. She said you can come back and try again tomorrow. Which makes no sense since we were flying back that next day. Anyway, we decided to go back and wait for the gate agent. So again we made it thought TSA ( :-O ) and went to talk to the gate agent. She had the same problem with their servers being down. However, she was persistent and kept the person she was talking to on the phone until she was able to get us on the next flight for $0 change fee. Hats off to Sun County Airlines and that sweet gate agent.
Summary Total Data
    Route:Drive-up
    Trailhead:1670 ft / 509 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Weather:Chilly



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