Ascent of Ocheyedan Mound on 2012-06-23

Climber: Walter Blume

Others in Party:Kevin O'Laughlin
Date:Saturday, June 23, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ocheyedan Mound
    Elevation:1613 ft / 491 m

Ascent Trip Report

I read in a book that this used to be the highpoint of Iowa, and since it was nearby, we dropped by and ascended it. We foolishly assumed that since we were a bit farther north that chiggers would not be a problem and hiked up in shorts. DO NOT HIKE THIS IN SHORTS in the summer! Other than the half million chigger bites that I discovered later, this was a delightful highpoint with beautiful views of Iowa and Minnesota.

To quote from the sign found there:
"The mound is a kame of glacial origin. Kames are mounds composed of complexly stratified sand and gravel deposited by glacial meltwater streams where the streams descended into crevasses in the ice. This occurred during the final stages of ice melting and disappearance of the glaciers 12 to 14 thousand years ago."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.4 km
    Trailhead:road  1563 ft / 476 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Minutes

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