Mount Sunflower Climber's Log

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MtnWoman - Oct 15, 2004 1:00 am

Route Climbed: southeast route Date Climbed: July 15, 2003  Sucess!

First high point by car and family cat.


Gareth - Jul 2, 2004 11:54 am

Route Climbed: South Face Dirt Road Date Climbed: June 29, 2004  Sucess!

I was in the immediate area so I stopped to take a few pictures. A highlight was seeing the great state of Colorado from the summit.


Gareth - Jun 9, 2004 7:33 pm

Route Climbed: South Face Dirt Road Date Climbed: June 7, 2004  Sucess!

I finally made it to the top of Kansas! Summited in the early evening. The top was very windy, windier than the top of Longs Peak! One thing you can see from Mount Sunflower is the fine state of Colorado (which lies just over a fence-line). Delightful place, it’s wide open and fairly isolated. For all that people make fun of Kansas, I like the western part thereof. The High Planes of western Kansas are honest; they don’t try to be anything that they are not.

The next day I went to the Monument Rocks and did a little free climbing/scrambling on the rather crumbly limestone. The day after I went to Castle Rock and did a little Canyoneering and bouldering. Believe it or not, I actually found an ascendable chimney in Kansas; it was pretty chalky but fun!


CharlesD - Mar 21, 2004 5:45 pm

Route Climbed: Standard south face Date Climbed: July 15, 2003  Sucess!

Wow. I hadn't expected to be impressed by this 'mountain', but it's really impressive. Desolate, windy, and very lonely. Not obviously a mountain, but still very aesthetically pleasing. Just the approach (done by car, mind you) was pleasantly exotic to this transplaning easterner.


Chris - Mar 21, 2004 2:47 pm

Route Climbed: Direct South Face Couloir Date Climbed: May 2000  Sucess!

Whew... this was a hard one. Thank goodness we brought ice axes, bivy gear, and a detailed route topo. :-)

At least this highpoint is actually close to a major interstate (I-70), and the view is nice, by Kansas standards.


hgrapid - Mar 5, 2004 10:39 am

Route Climbed: main (dirt) roads Date Climbed: 2/22/2002  Sucess!

Unlike Panarama Point, you have no chance of seeing other mountains from the top of Mt. Sunflower. Kansas is flat as a pancake. Still, I liked the dry dirt roads that led me to the isolated summit. The early evening was pretty clear. I was moving to Colorado, so I put my stuff in my hotel room in Goodland, Kansas, and took the car for a 35 mile or so drive to the summit.

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