Ascent of Shannon Benchmark on 2020-03-24

Climber: Benjamin Kiser

Date:Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Shannon Benchmark
    Elevation:4900 ft / 1493 m

Ascent Trip Report

My wife and I arrived at the trailhead for the Morgan County high point around seven am. About five-ten minutes into the hike a rancher sped up to us along the north side of the fenceline in a truck. We were on the south side of the fence. He left his truck and I informed him that we were hiking to the high point and that I tried to get a hold of the Wickstroms to no avail. He told me were on private land and that a drone spotted us while we were hiking. We told him that we would leave since we never received official permission. We watched him drive away. He didn't return to the house marked "The Wickstroms" south of the bluff. Instead he returned to that big ranching compound west of the Wickstrom house. Since we were a little shaken after that encounter we decided to forgo the Logan and Sedgwick high points and opted to do Phillips, Yuma, Washington, and Mount Sunflower instead.
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