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Ascent of Whitley County High Point on 2007-03-17

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Saturday, March 17, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Whitley County High Point
    Location:USA-Indiana
    Elevation:1000 ft / 304 m

Ascent Trip Report

Saturday, 3/17/2007

Time Out / In: 7:39pm / 7:47pm
Temperature: mid 30’s
Wind: Breezy
Tools/Aids: Pedometer, altimeter
Distance hiked: About .21mi.

86.7 – Leave intersection of CR 650E and CR300N (Kosciusko County)
87.7 – Intersection with CR 200N – turn left (east)
89.9 – Intersection with CR 850E – turn left (north)
91.2 – Intersection with CR 250N (Kosciusko) a/k/a CR 750N (Whitley) – drive past and then return to this unmarked intersection - turn left (east); sign seen for West Etna Community Church; road soon confirmed at intersection of CR 950E and CR 250N; signs marking protected wetlands to the north side of this road
92.7 – Pass the county line – CR 1000E
97.5 – thru Etna to intersection with CR 350W – turn right (south)
98.0 – Intersection with CR 700N (Whitley) a/k/a CR 600S (Noble) – turn left (east)
101.6 – Intersection with IN 109 – turn right (south)
102.7 – Intersection with CR 600N – turn left (east)
104.2 – Intersection with IN 9 – turn left (north) – join Bob Schwab’s directions

(Mileage zeroed here) – Intersection of IN 9 and CR 600N
1.0 – Intersection with county line road - CR 700N (Whitley) a/k/a CR 600S (Noble) – turn right (east)
2.0 – Arrive at intersection with CR 250E

I attempted to use my knowledge of the local roads to navigate from Kosciusko County to Whitley County. In retrospect, choose your own route. There were a lot of turns in my course, even if it did save some miles.

I turned right and parked along the western side of CR 250E. I chose this route to the HP because there were no fences and therefore no poison ivy. I hiked parallel to the fence west until I was across from the house in Noble County on the north side of the county line road. The sun was setting and very low in the sky, so I could not see much as I was approaching this spot. When I turned around, the contour of the farm field was evident, and I hiked back to the HP. The field at this spot was about 15ft above the road where my car was parked, and I could just barely see the roof of my car as I looked east.

Back at the car, I looked for the 988BM benchmark shown on the topo map. Not being a topo expert, I am not sure what I would expect to find. I walked around the fields on all sides of the intersection and saw nothing. The only evidence of measuring activity was a white cross, painted in the middle of the county line road just east of the intersection with CR 250E. Within this cross, I found three survey nails lined up in a north-south direction, with the middle one being in the middle of the cross. Is it possible that this is all there is to the 988BM? I did not spend more time looking for a more formal BM on the side of the road. I headed for home, not knowing where the BM was located.
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