Ascent of Panorama Point on 1996-05-23

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Thursday, May 23, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Panorama Point
    Elevation:5429 ft / 1654 m

Ascent Trip Report

I flew into Colorado Springs and got my rental car, and followed Interstate-25 into Wyoming. The weather was unsettled and by the time I arrive into Cheyenne, the clouds had built into ominous thunderstorms. I bided my time in Pine Bluff, along the Wyoming-Nebraska boundary, having lunch and listening to the radio for weather reports.

About noon, I decided to make a run for the highpoint of Nebraska, a rise in a pasture in the extreme southwest corner, near where Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado meet. I followed local roads and farm routes to get to the small parking area set aside for the highpoint, dubbed Panorama Point. The sky was black with storms, but little rain was falling as of yet. It was breezy and dark, as if the clouds were still amassing for the upcoming fight.

I didn't spend much time here, just enough to tag the marker, snap lousy photographs, and hustle my butt back to paved roads, fearing the rains may fall and strand me on the muddy farm routes. I was successful, and rolled into the town of Kimball. The weather was still menacing. Weather reports indicated tornado warnings in effect for Kansas and east Colorado, which is where I was heading next. Not anymore I wasn't. I decided on the spot to head north to the Black Hills of South Dakota and hike its highpoint, Harney Peak, and let the bad weather pass.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:23 ft / 7 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Trailhead:5406 ft / 1647 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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