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Ascent of Ward County High Point on 2015-10-09

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Dick Ellsworth
Date:Friday, October 9, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ward County High Point
    Location:USA-North Dakota
    Elevation:2360 ft / 719 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ward county has two contenders that are not close together. It's hard to say whether I wished it was only the easy one or the one that's a scenic hike. The first one we stopped at is the easy one because it's at an old farm house parcel. The farm house, however, is not there anymore and what remains are a few old sheds and many large grain containers. We walked in the trees on the north end of the property in some tall grass. That's it. There was a very large dirt pile that was made up of metal and maybe even bits of the old house which I went up for extra credit. Definitely not necessary, though.

The second point is accessed via the gravel pit as mentioned in earlier reports. A correction to Covill's report: the road that snakes between lakes is like many other roads in this state: submerged. Just go two miles from the T and right after the trees guarding the farmhouse, turn left and go on a road that has a gate on it which leads into the gravel pit. We parked here near sunset. We hiked south along a driven path and went through an open gate. Then we had to pass a fence into a harvested corn field. We tried to go directly toward the highpoint, but found the isthmus between the two guarding lakes to be full mud, and so we had to skirt around the both of them to the west like Covill suggests. There were a dozen geese onking around in one of the lakes. We got our last glimpse of the sun as we hopped a fence just a few hundred feet from the top on the western slope. On top we could see that there were no other local contenders and that the top was obvious. There were grasses pushed down as well that indicated someone had been here on an ATV this year. We went back around the lakes and then directly over the corn field and its fences on both sides, then back through the open gate before requiring a short use of a headlamp to get back up to the car. A very nice environment considering all of the lumpy hills, ponds, birds, field, and rangeland.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:325 ft / 98 m
    Total Elevation Loss:325 ft / 98 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:165 ft / 50 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 20 ft / 6 m; Extra: 145 ft / 44m
    Loss on way in:145 ft / 44 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Start Trailhead:Gravel Pit  2340 ft / 713 m
    Time:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:180 ft / 54 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 20 ft / 6 m; Extra: 160 ft / 48m
    Gain on way out:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    End Trailhead:Gravel Pit  2340 ft / 713 m
    Time:35 Minutes



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