Ascent of Black Elk Peak on 2008-07-27

Climber: Walter Blume

Others in Party:Renny
Date:Sunday, July 27, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Elk Peak
    Location:USA-South Dakota
    Elevation:7231 ft / 2204 m

Ascent Trip Report

After circling around the parking lot to get the last parking place, then parking back where some people had saved a place for them, we prepared for the grueling hike ahead.
We took the Cathedral Spires trail up from Sylvan Lake. The weather was clear and hot, about 90 degrees.
The trail was beautiful with lots of tall grass that somehow remains weed-free. We stopped at Cathedral Spires and walked/climbed out to the rocks, finding a geocache there. The grass was very tall and almost felt like a river. R & M enjoyed going out to a sheer dropoff that was a little too hard for W to access, so W just watched as his nimble teenagers clambered up and down heart-attack inducing sheer cliffs. W took a few pictures as Renny made some titanic leaps across a vast chasm, all the while trying to quell his anxiety for R’s safety. Meanwhile N continued ahead, as she knew that M and R would be racing up the trail, leaving old W in the dust.
After reaching the peak, we relaxed with delicious sandwiches that N had graciously made in the morning. Kids teased the copious chipmunks with little sandwich tidbits. Chipmunks apparently do not like pickles. The 360 degree view from Harney was outstanding.

Highpoint #2!

Made our way back via the Sylvan Lake trail.

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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1036 ft / 316 m
    Elevation Loss:1036 ft / 316 m
    Distance:8.1 mi / 13.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1036 ft / 316 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.3 km
    Route:Cathedral Spires
    Trailhead:Sylvan Lake  6195 ft / 1888 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 38 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1036 ft / 316 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Sylvan Lake trail
    Trailhead:Sylvan Lake  6195 ft / 1888 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Walter Blume
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