Ascent of Cedar County High Point on 2019-07-12

Climber: Jeremy Fuerst

Date:Friday, July 12, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cedar County High Point
    Elevation:1920 ft / 585 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.)

Cedar County offers 4 areas to visit, which while it may seem ridiculous compared to mountaineering, was still a reprieve just after stupid Knox County.

At area 1 there is a cell tower in the middle of the section, along with a cleared line 5' wide between the corn leading right to it. So walking through the corn was happily minimized for areas 1 & 2, only requiring me to wade in a little bit after walking out for about 600 feet.

Although Bob Schwab's report indicates areas 3 & 4 are lower, I still dropped in on these as it required minimal effort. Area 3 required walking about 100 yds into the corn from the road, as did area 4. No big deal for anyone who detasseled growing up.

It is true that any of the 3 other seasons of the year would be more pleasant in these corn-riddled counties, but sometimes I guess this is the way it works out on the schedule. John Mitchler told me as much when I mocked him for hitting cornfields in the summer, and now I humbly owe him an apology.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear

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