Ascent of Mount Sunflower on 2011-11-12

Climber: Brian Molloy

Date:Saturday, November 12, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Sunflower
    Elevation:4039 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

As I was driving from Missouri to Colorado Along I-70 I had planned to try to pick up one more Highpoint along the way. A good way to stop and stretch my legs after the grueling drive through nothingness that I like to call Kansas. I hadn't gotten the Kansas Highpoint yet so I figured as I was driving through I would add this one to my list making it my 7th State highpoint achieved. I will admit I wasn't that excited about this was as it was a drive up and I had generally planned my highpoints to avoid the roads and attempt to actually "climb" them as much as I could but this one was unavoidable. There was nothing to climb it was going to be a drive up. It was made much more interesting by the fact that the owners of the land that the highpoint sits on have embraced the absurdity of hundreds of people flocking to this gentle rise in the middle of a field and did a great job on their highpoint monument. It is actually my favorite so far. There is a register and a book with a fun reading about the highpoint as well. I took some pictures so you can see what they wrote. Overall I was impressed by the time they took to make it a special highpoint and I think you will agree if you ever make it there.

You can read more about the trip as well as a trip I took to Monument Rocks (Chalk Pyramids) with a bunch more pictures on my blog here...
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Mt Sunflower "Summit" (2011-11-12). Photo by Brian Molloy.
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    Route:Drive up
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