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Ascent of Mount Sunflower on 2017-07-04

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Artski
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Sunflower
    Location:USA-Kansas
    Elevation:4039 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

We were caravaning to Phoenix, but made the worthwhile stop for this highpoint. On US40 we got down to one car and drove north on the well signed gravel road towards the summit. We saw a coyote and a jackrabbit on Wa-N3. We took a left after about 10 miles, then parked at the cattle guard entrance gate. We had to get some ascent in and we joked that this would make it difficult. Immediately there was a puddle that covered most of the road and it was encircled by mud. While crossing the mud, Artski slid and almost fell. Certainly you should never underestimate a peak because you can always slip up! We soon reached the top and took in the views and the monument. We debated how it compared to Panorama Point. I favored KS, Artski went NE, but just because we saw a heard of bison running along the road there.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:31 ft / 10 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.2 km
    Trailhead:4008 ft / 1221 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:7 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:7 Minutes



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