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Ascent of Sterling County High Point on 2002-03-13

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Bob Martin
Date:Wednesday, March 13, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sterling County High Point
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:2760 ft / 841 m

Ascent Trip Report

We spent a couple hours exploring the Irion County highpoints, and then drove into Sterling County, by which time it was getting close to dark, so we found an open place to car camp for the night on McDonald Road North, which runs along the Sterling-Glasscock County line. Prior to that we had explored an open gate to seek the highpoint, but gave up quickly as it was too dark. We would try again the following morning.

Back at our car-camp I noticed one of my tires had lost all its air. It was completely flat. I had picked up a nail somewhere along the line, so I had to put on the spare right then and there. Not the way I had planned my evening, but at least it gave me something to do.

The next morning we re-entered the ranch road and drove to where we were the previous night. This time, we could see much better, making navigation a lot easier. Although the map's roads were no longer accurate, we followed a rough road along a fence line about a mile to a gas-line right-of-way, driving by reckoning toward the obvious rise in the land. About another mile along the gas line road, we topped out at the rise and took a GPS reading. Much to our luck, we were in the highpoint area. We walked around for about 15 minutes, with Bob making sight-level readings using me as a mobile survey marker. No one point stood out as the highest point but we narrowed the general area to about a 100-foot square parcel.

We followed the roads back out of the ranch and back to my truck. We drove to Big Spring where I left my truck to get my flat patched (so I'd have a spare).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5 ft / 2 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:2755 ft / 839 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country



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