Ascent of Keya Paha County High Point on 2019-07-12

Climber: Jeremy Fuerst

Date:Friday, July 12, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Keya Paha County High Point
    Elevation:2660 ft / 810 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a part of a trip to knock off some Nebraska COHPs "on the way" from my parents' house to OMA. As such it took all day. Rock, Brown, Keya Paha, Boyd, Knox, Cedar, Pierce, Wayne, and Dixon were on the menu for the day. We could have perhaps hit a couple counties near the driving route, but I did not want to push it with my wonderful and longsuffering wife.

Between Keya Paha County and Boyd County the shift from grassy sandhills to farmland (primarily corn) was evident. In the cases where the high points lied in corn and beanfields, I was not as concerned with contacting the property owners, because my experience growing up in Nebraska is that farmers tend to have little to no concern with people walking in their fields. (If anything they will be bemused by anyone dumb enough to walk through corn as a leisure activity.)

Keya Paha is refreshingly straightforward and as an added bonus, does not require you to drive on unpaved roads.

We parked right on the driveway on Highway 12 and walked the fenceline. Another bonus: no climbing of barbed-wire fences required. I walked with the fenceline on my left, passed through an open gate, and then proceeded with the fenceline on my right. At the highest contour, though, you will want to climb over the fence and walk 20 yards or so to the highest ground. No big deal.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear

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