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Ascent of Magazine Mountain on 2015-04-04

Climber: Curtis Bowden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, April 4, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Magazine Mountain
    Location:USA-Arkansas
    Elevation:2753 ft / 839 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove out from Russellville in the mid morning. I had intentions of hiking further (the Will's Apple Trail sounded nice), but due to a few very random spots that warranted stops (a Benedictine abbey and a beautiful wooded pond to listen to Willie Nelson and have a smoke), I got to the state park a bit later than expected. I started at the visitor's center, thinking that if I really wanted to hike further I could after the highpoint.

So, I set off up the North Rim Trail after taking a look at the very nicely accommodated Visitor Center. (The topographic model of the area is especially neat.) I ambled on for a ways, in no particular rush and just taking it all in. I just can't get over how I began state HP'ing in Wyoming and Utah, researching Idaho and Montana, and now I'm driving up and strolling to these random areas out east. You really have to dig deep and wide to appreciate all the different experiences you have to remain committed to a singular goal. Its not a matter of hiking, mountaineering, or scenic drives; its about all of them rarely, some of them sometimes, and none of them a fair amount as well.

Anyhow, I ran into an interesting Asian tourist group at one of the beautiful look outs along the way. They were fun to talk with, and some of them were native Nepalese, which was really cool. Reflecting back, I really wish I spoke with them about their beautiful home country and fascinating culture.

I arrived at the top (anticlimactic, as are most lately), and once again learned a lesson in valuing the journey more than the destination. This will be reiterated yet again a few days later in Missouri at Taum Sauk, but in the meantime on top of Arkansas, I enjoyed a lively chat with a man and his daughter, took a picture for them, and spent some time on the bench reflecting on my past experiences high pointing, in Arkansas, and traveling in general. I don't have a very centralized focus in my life, so I take these opportunities to line things up whenever I can.

I headed down to the hotel to check it out and found it to be quite beautiful and high-scale. I sat on the magnificent porch in a rocking chair, then descended the mountain via the Mossback Trail back to the VC. If you do this as well, which I recommended, be very aware that you don't hike the length of it - there's a side trail that takes you directly back to the VC.

I enjoyed a beautiful drive back.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Calm, Clear



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