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Ascent of Charles Mound on 2004-09-04

Climber: Jamie Bakken

Others in Party:Melissa Bakken
Date:Saturday, September 4, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Charles Mound
    Location:USA-Illinois
    Elevation:1235 ft / 376 m

Ascent Trip Report

In September 2004 my wife was 9 months pregnant with our first child. We decided that was as good of time as any for her to summit her first State high point!! This was the final chance to access Charles Mound until next May so we struck out one day and drove through beautiful Galena, IL and some equally pretty countryside to find our way to Scales Mound, IL just across the border from our home state of WI. The hike wasn't too bad and Melissa made it up all 269 vertical feet with ease! It was my 4th State high point but her first. We sat up in the lawn chairs provided by the Wuebbels and read through the visitor register. On our way down we ran into a party on their way up that included someone about to make their 50th high point!! It was a beautiful day (and successful)
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:269 ft / 82 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Trailhead:966 ft / 294 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:40 Minutes



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