Ascent of The Brakes on 2012-05-02

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:The Brakes
    Location:USA-South Dakota
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

I found the landowner for this highpoint relatively quickly. The highpoint is owner by the Lesmeister Ranch owners, although since it is a historical place, I'm not sure if the current owners are the Lesmeisters. The man who owns the ranch's first name is Wayne, though, and he didn't realize he owned the highpoint. He was very kind and let me park at a ranch gate just east of the state line to start my hike. I decided to follow the state line fence to rid any fear of getting lost. This route caused me to lose some elevation in two or three trenches running west-to-east. It was very hot out, and I drank a whole liter of water on the medium length hike. Eventually I gained a ridge and began walking southeast. There is a broke down log cabin here that Wayne told me was built by hand by the previous owner's sons who had carried all of the materials up from the ranch on their own. From the unused cabin the highpoint is just a minute or two out the ridge. A small cairn still holds a film register which hadn't been signed since 2005. The benchmark BRAKES is definitely lower and a quick walk out the ridge from the highpoint. I came back the same way I went up, but strayed from the fence when I could avoid uphill sections. Despite the heat, I was happy to have dodged some storm clouds that were thundering just a few miles north.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:700 ft / 213 m
    Total Elevation Loss:700 ft / 213 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.1 mi / 4.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:690 ft / 210 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 650 ft / 198 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.5 km
    Route:State Line Fence
    Start Trailhead:3390 ft / 1033 m
    Time:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:660 ft / 201 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 650 ft / 198 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Gain on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.5 km
    End Trailhead:3390 ft / 1033 m
    Time:30 Minutes

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