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Ascent of Flag Mountain on 2015-01-18

Climber: Lupe !

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 18, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Flag Mountain
    Location:USA-South Dakota
    Elevation:5896 ft / 1797 m

Ascent Trip Report

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Black Hills, SD Expedition No. 115 - Flag Mountain was Lupe's final climb of the day. She headed down the N slope of Campaign Hill which she had just climbed for the 2nd time and reached USFS Road No. 727 at the saddle between Campaign Hill and Flag Mountain. This was the low point from which elevation gain is calculated for Flag Mountain.

Crossing USFS Road No. 727, Lupe headed right on up the SSW slope of Flag Mountain. It was fairly steep, but a pretty easy climb. There was little snow due to the S exposure and not much deadfall timber until getting close to the summit. Lupe reached the summit less than 30 minutes before sunset. The best views from Flag Mountain are from a nice roomy grassy level area just E of the actual summit and just a few feet below it. There are unobstructed views to the ENE and around to the SE from there. Harney Peak is the most dominant peak seen. There are also high ridges to the W and SW of Flag Mountain, but trees prevent a clear view.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:316 ft / 96 m
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy, NW breeze stronger than earlier in the day, temps in mid 40's
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:316 ft / 96 m
    Route:SSW Slope
    Start Trailhead:USFS Road No. 727  5580 ft / 1700 m
Descent Statistics



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