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Ascent of Two Buttes on 2018-01-20

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Willie-Weimaraner Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, January 20, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Two Buttes
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:4711 ft / 1435 m

Ascent Trip Report

After staying Lamar the largest town between Mount Sunflower KS we could find on our way to OK, we awoke to the smell of massive cow dung fields and headed south. There was not much in the way of food in Lamar so we headed out and on the way the twin buttes jumped out at me. I quickly read it was a commonly hiked county HP...likely on private land but with no "trespassing" sign issues. We parked by the closed gate and Willie immediately ran under the barb wire fence and snagged his hide and bled a bit. Yikes. But he was excited to go with me. Karen followed. It was very windy and we got to the summit of the taller southern volcanic cone it was 35 mph winds with gust pushing 45 mph. The rock looked like rhyolite to me. There was a minor scramble at the very top but the rest was a typical off trail easy class 2. At the summit I saw the second cone top and it is a minor down climb to the saddle and back up the northern butte if you want the extra credit. Willie accompanied me to the first butte but ran back to see his mom coming up. I re-climbed the southern cone to join Karen at the summit and take in very good views. Lots of wind turbines in the area. Willie had a delightful outing. Then we headed back to the car to drive to the OK state HP. We took the most direct route which was somewhat adventurous.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:313 ft / 95 m
    Total Elevation Loss:61 ft / 18 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Grade/Class:1,2,minor 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
65F gusts to 45 sustained 35mph
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:313 ft / 95 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:South Slope
    Start Trailhead:Gate by barb wire fence  4398 ft / 1340 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:61 ft / 18 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:bushwhack saddle
    End Trailhead:saddle between peaks  4650 ft / 1417 m
Ascent Part of Trip: OK SHP

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Two Buttes2018-01-20 a313 ft / 95 m
2Twin Buttes North2018-01-20 b41 ft / 12 m
3Two Buttes2018-01-20 c61 ft / 19 m
4Black Mesa2018-01-20 d774 ft / 236 m
5Double Top Point 4690 West2018-01-20 e217 ft / 66 m
6Double Top Point 4690 East2018-01-20 f150 ft / 46 m
Total Trip Gain: 1556 ft / 474 m    Total Trip Loss: 337 ft / 103 m



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