Ascent of Taum Sauk Mountain on 2016-02-04

Climber: Bob Kuebler

Others in Party:Linda Kuebler
Date:Thursday, February 4, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Taum Sauk Mountain
    Elevation:1772 ft / 540 m

Ascent Trip Report

It's been a long time since Linda and I have hiked on any mountains. For about 2 years now, Linda has suffered from a chronic back issue that has restricted her hiking abilities. She is now able to walk short distances so we planned our annual Arizona Ministry/Vacation around some easy High Points. The longest trek we took was a .4 mile round trip at Taum Sauk Mountain in Missouri. My Highpoint total has now reached 32.

We began our high point hiking escapades in Ohio as hiked up Campbell Hill. The Hill is located on the grounds of the Hi Points Vocational School across the street from the Hi Point Church of Christ. Approximate time 4pm on Feb 3, 2016. We returned to the van and went through our usual custom - we kissed and read a Bible verse.
Luke 2:12 "And this will be a sign for you : you will find a Baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Amplified Bible)

Next stop was about 2 hrs away on Hoosier Hill in Indiana. We arrived just after sunlight with a few minutes of last light remaining. Parking the YWAP van just off the road, we "trekked" 100 feet into a clearing in the woods and all the way up the 1,257 Approximate time 6 pm, Feb 3, 2016 we kissed and read Isaiah 12:5-6 "Sing praises to the Lord, for He has done excellent and glorious things; Let this be known throughout the earth. Rejoice and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel." (Amplified Bible)

We slept in the back of our van at a rest stop before continuing on with our strenuous hiking trip. Little did we know we were headed for a potentially perilous situation on top of the State of Missouri. We arrived at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park on a gorgeous blue-skied morning. There were two Conservation Officers in the parking lot along with one other car. This would be the longest trek of our high Point journey so far. We were about to undertake an energy-sapping .4 mile round trip up to the top of the State of Missouri.

Just before we hit the trail. one of the Conservation Officers intercepted us. He informed us that they were closing the trails due to a "Helicopter Hog Hunt." It seems that the hogs were a non-native invasive species from Russia. They were using Helicopters to hunt down these elusive creatures. We promised the Officer that we would make good time, step on top of Taum Sauk Mountain and return as quickly as possible. He said that would be okay because the helicopters were not airborne yet. Linda and I hiked quickly, all the way up the 1.772 feet this big tall, hog infested mountain. We took a few quick photos, with our eyes scanning the forest for wayward hogs and then hustled back to our van safely. It was a harrowing experience that almost landed us in the middle of a Helicopter Hog Hunt.

Safely back in the van, we kissed and read Obadiah 1:5 “Though you build on high like the eagle, Though you set your nest among the stars, I will bring you down from there,” says the Lord." (Amplified Bible)
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