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Ascent of Dakota County High Point on 2020-01-07

Climber: Jeremy Fuerst

Date:Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dakota County High Point
    Location:USA-Nebraska
    Elevation:1520 ft / 463 m

Ascent Trip Report

Today was a long day, hitting county highpoints for Washington, Burt, Thurston, Dakota, Stanton, Pierce, Madison, Antelope, Boone, Colfax, Cuming, and Dodge.

I had a day to play around with, and I wanted to eliminate as many of these cornfield high points as possible in the winter, since they are miserable in the summer. This meant starting out from Omaha early in the morning and getting back at about midnight.

Because of its number of high points, Dakota represented pain in the ass #2 of the day. Also many of these were pretty muddy.

The numbers are in the order that I hit them; this order does NOT correspond to their listing here on Peakbagger or on the CoHP site.

We hit these traveling south to north.

#1-2 are directly east of the town of Emerson 1.5 miles, 10 yards into a cornfield from the road and 10 yards behind a farm. We accessed #2 from #1 so as not to disturb the farm.

#3 is 1/2 mile east & 1 mile north, 200 yards into a cornfield behind a nice little house.

#4-9 are clustered to the north and northeast of Emerson, and we were able to access all of these from Highway 35, which has a broad paved shoulder to park on. #4 is to the south of the highway, 300 yards into a beanfield. #5 is a couple hundred yards over -- we returned to the vehicle for each one of these -- closer to the road in an adjacent cornfield, and it seems a bit lower than #4. #6 is to the north across 35 from #5 about 100 muddy damn yards into a cornfield. #7 is 1/4 mile west right by a barbed wire fence to the south, up a short steep ditch. #8 is 50 yards into a cornfield to the south, a couple 100 yards west.

#9 actually took us a short stretch south as it is halfway between Highway 35 and Emerson but in the same cornfield as #8, just about 10 yards in. (It does not seem to be a contender to our eyes.)

#10-11 are 1.5 miles north of Emerson. #10 is 100 yards into a cornfield to the east; #11 is 20 yards to the east into the same cornfield just south of a country road intersection.

#12-16 are 3.5 miles north of 10 & 11. To access these we had to divert a couple miles out of the way due to a bridge out. In fact there are a couple bridges out near here, ongoing destruction from winter floods a year ago. Our detour led us down a muddy minimum maintenance road, so at least we got some excitement out of this county. All 5 of these points are on the same section. #12 & 13 we accessed from the south into a cornfield for 1/2 mile of walking. #13 is not far from some covered hay bales. #14-16 we accessed from the east into a beanfield; each of these ranges from 50-300 yards in.

This took way too damn long, both to complete the county and to type this report.
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