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Ascent of Charles Mound on 2019-02-16

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Saturday, February 16, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Charles Mound
    Location:USA-Illinois
    Elevation:1235 ft / 376 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed the GPS through the snow. We were first at the gate and the long flat entrance beyond the gate was thick with snow that had not blown away. From on inch to a foot of postholing. The roads and trails were slippery with ice and snow - we should have worn micro spikes. Karen had tennis shoes and low socks so her feet were wet and cold by the end. I had high top boots and was fine. The views of the nearby CHP had more vista but there was more relief here than I had planned. I thought this would be the "easiest" of all SHPs but not really. Hoosier in IN and DE and FL are much easier as this one has a 2.5 mile round trip hike some gain and in the winter some tedious snow walking. But thankfully a nice land owner granting access a few times a year. By the time we got back, there were about 7 cars parked out at the gate. We were apparently the first up and blazed the way through the snow.

One note our track up was confused by snow mobiles on the way up but on the way down we took the correct track
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:285 ft / 86 m
    Total Elevation Loss:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
10F windy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:275 ft / 83 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 265 ft / 81 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:Standard red gate  970 ft / 295 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Gain on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2 km
    Route:GPS track
Ascent Part of Trip: Illinois SHP

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Stephenson County High Point2019-02-16 a190 ft / 58 m
2Charles Mound2019-02-16 b285 ft / 87 m
Total Trip Gain: 475 ft / 145 m    Total Trip Loss: 20 ft / 6 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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