Ascent of Aurora County High Point on 2013-05-10

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, May 10, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Aurora County High Point
    Location:USA-South Dakota
    Elevation:2001 ft / 609 m

Ascent Trip Report

I drove up from White Lake at exit 296 on I-90 with low foggy clouds. I turned off County Road 11 onto 241st west and drove past the last occupied houses around. There were a few pheasants running around. I went to the north point first which is kitty corner from an electrical transformer that works with power from all of the wind turbines around here. It looked like a spooky forest of them with fog covering all but the bottom of one blade on each of them. I parked at a dip in the road and ran up to the top. There was indeed rocks and cactus in two spots ten feet apart as Dan Nielsen wrote. I ran back and then drove back to 241st and parked near the dark blue tank. There is not fence here so I ran out to find the second point. It was around the north or east side of the wind turbine nearest the blue tank. This was a pretty fun highpoint for being in gridded fields.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:35 ft / 10 m
    Total Elevation Loss:35 ft / 10 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:35 ft / 10 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 10 ft / 3 m; Extra: 25 ft / 7m
    Loss on way in:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Start Trailhead:1991 ft / 606 m
    Time:11 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    End Trailhead:1991 ft / 606 m
    Time:5 Minutes

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