Ascent of Webb County High Point on 2001-11-11

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Sunday, November 11, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Webb County High Point
    Elevation:940 ft / 286 m

Ascent Trip Report

Webb County's highpoints are congregated along a dirt-road "thoroughfare" called Welhousen Road, leading north out of the little town of Oilton to who-knows-where.

I went north along Welhousen Road a few miles and put myself within the middle of the seven highpoint areas. Then it was just a matter to visit them, or a decent subset of them. One such region has a survey benchmark "Border" on it, and I hiked to it along an old road cut, but I couldn't find the actual disk. Two other areas nearby the road were quickly visited but probably were not contenders (nor was the Border benchmark, in my opinion).

One area, just by its size and by the fact I could even make out its rise above the immediate lands, stood out as the likeliest highpoint candidate. I worked my way through a fence and walked into the brush about 500 feet, gaining 20 feet. A tiny region near a gravel pit is probably man-made and so tiny it statistically has probability zero of holding the highpoint, so I ignored it.

The day was highlighted by a visit with a lonely Border Patrol checkpoint fellow just east of Oilton. This isn't a heavily traveled highway so he took longer than usual to wave me through. He asked me of my business so I just told him I'm highpointing, and showed him my maps, too. He seemed surprised anyone would be in this region who didn't have actual business (legal or otherwise) to attend to. He went through my backpack, peered in the windows, then let me go. An hour later, I went through same routine again near Freer, though this time it went quicker.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:920 ft / 280 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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