Ascent of Collin County High Point on 2002-11-09

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Bob Martin
Date:Saturday, November 9, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Collin County High Point
    Elevation:820 ft / 249 m

Ascent Trip Report

I flew into Dallas the previous night and stayed in McKinney, arriving at 1 a.m.. Early today, I drove 15 miles to Celina, where I met Bob. Bob had driven in from Tucson. We met at 8 a.m., greeted one another, made corny jokes about "meeting like this", then got to the business of county highpoints.

First on the agenda was Collin County's highpoint. We followed FM-455 and local roads to a beautiful million-dollar home and ranchette, drove in and sought someone to ask for permission to cross the property.

It was a Saturday and still early, but a woman from the house came out to see what us two strangers were up to. We told her of our hobby and she gave us permission to go about our business. All it cost me was my photocopy of the map, which I gave to her as a keepsake. I think she liked the idea of living on the highpoint, and literally, she does, as the house sits inside one of the two 820-foot contours. Bob and I deemed the yard near the office and driveway to be the highest in that immediate area.

The second area was a short walk toward the stables and in a field where we met a couple cowboys, who chatted with us. We walked the field and sighted to the house, then walked back and chatted again with one of the cowboys, plus made friends with an Australian Collie. The dog first came running at us barking his head off, but then I squatted down, put out my hand and the dog rolled on his back and accepted a tummy-rub. After our chat with the cowboys, we walked back to Bob's truck and went on our way. This highpoint set a record for most nicest people: 4, plus the dog.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Trailhead:790 ft / 240 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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