Ascent of Hawkeye Point on 1989-06-25

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, June 25, 1989
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Hawkeye Point
    Elevation:1670 ft / 509 m

Ascent Trip Report

I crossed into far northwestern Iowa, my road turning into Route 9, and I was headed for the highest point in the state, 1,670 feet, in Osceola County north of Sibley, IA. The corn and other crops were high and lush in the early summer heat, and after passing through Rock Rapids, IA and making a detour around an down bridge on local roads, I started following the directions from Zummwalt’s book to the farm of Merrill Sterler, just off Route 60. I found it easily, parked on the dirt road in front of his nice split-level house, and rang their doorbell.

The Sterler clan was having their father’s day ceremony a week late this year, and when I interrupted their little party and explained why I was there Mrs. Sterler said “Oh, you’re one of those high point people!” She gave me a big postcard of an aerial shot of the farm, had me sign the log she kept, and she drew an X on the card near an abandoned concrete feed trough and told me to go right on back. The summit of Iowa was just beyond the house, near the end of an long, unused feed trough shed (knowing nothing about agriculture, I’m assuming all this stuff was feed troughs of one kind or another), where an Iowa license plate that said “HIGH PT” had been nailed to its end. I took a picture of myself and of the general area in the broiling midday sun, and as I walked back towards the house Mr. Sterler came out.

He said he didn’t have any animals any more and just concentrated on his crops these days—that’s why his feed troughs were unused. I thanked him very much for letting me and others on his land, and he said that he got one or two people a week stopping by. He had to get back to his nice air-conditioned suburban-type house and his Sunday get-together, so I said good-bye and drove back out on to Route 60, with 37 state highpoints now under my belt.

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