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Ascent of Lackland Parade Grounds on 2016-05-16

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, May 16, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lackland Parade Grounds
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:735 ft / 224 m

Ascent Trip Report

This peak is basically a monument to legendary peakbagger Keith Christensen: 1) It's on a military base; 2) It's flat and uninteresting; 3) It's on a list that nobody will ever finish; 4) It's in Texas; and 5) It's a monument to dogs!

You can waze or google map your way there…

Exit US-90 at Military Drive and head south to Luke Blvd. Turn left here. There is a visitors center where non-DoD people can be granted access to the base to visit the monument. The law that created this monument guarantees access to the public to visit the monument, so don’t let some rent-a-cop at the gate turn you away. The supervisors should know the rules about this. Once you are in the gate at Luke Blvd, go just over 0.25 miles to Kenly Ave and turn right. Pass a new-looking building with big windows and park in the lot on the south side of it. The monument is just south of this parking lot. There are also some interesting Air Force aircraft lining the parade field that are worth checking out if you want to walk around it. Dogs very welcome at this National Monument!!

I made a beeline for the monument and quickly went to all of the high ground contenders, mostly little bumps around the recently-planted trees. The monument is pretty cool. Who doesn’t like dogs after all? There is a fountain with a soldier pouring water into his helmet for his dog to drink. It is designed so that people can bring their dogs there and drink out of it. Sadly, it was dry on this visit. I walked to the southwest and northwest corners of the parade field just in case the whole field is part of the monument, though I do not believe that it is. It was cool to see the aircraft I guess.

An interesting note about my experience with military working dogs: the dogs that our Marine Expeditionary Unit brings out on the ships cannot remain aboard the ships for more than 14 days or they become “mission-incapable” or some other term that a staff Major invented for a powerpoint. I wonder how long we humans can remain on a ship before we become “mission-incapable?” My co-workers found this as amusing as I did. I am pretty bummed that we won’t have the dogs on the ship very often though – they would be the ultimate morale booster! I won’t complain as my ship time was all above the waterline unlike my brothers in the silent service below the waves… Jogging in the sun and breeze on the flight deck of a CVN or LHD is not the worst the Navy has to offer!

Peak bagged in flip flops! Onward to a random private property county high point and Texas BBQ dinner! Pics
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3 ft / 1 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3 ft / 1 m
    Route:From North
    Trailhead:732 ft / 223 m
Descent Statistics



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