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Ascent to Escambia County High Point-2 Areas on 2011-01-10

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, January 10, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Escambia County High Point - 2 Areas
    Location:USA-Florida
    Elevation:275 ft / 83 m
    Remaining Elevation:5 ft / 2 m (20% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

PB and COHP.org gives 32 Candidate High Point Areas for this county, all located at the very north end of the County. To complete will require more than one visit. I will have this one only TR, revised accordingly after each visit. I have numbered the Areas a la PB and visited them in the order listed here.
PB's data sheets, goggle maps and Bill Jacobs TR of 2004 were my source of information.
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VISIT #1 DATED 2011-01-10 .... successful visit to 2 AREAS #1 & #2 ..... A xcountry/bushwack from the south side ..... .8 miles, 50 minutes RT.

On this first visit I went to 2 Areas and only checked out the others. A number of these Areas are table-like.

From Atmore, AL., hwy junction #21/31, we traveled west on #31 towards Mobile, at 4.5 miles we turned left on Pineville Road and drove south .8 miles to a T junction (AL/FL State Line). To the left is Jones Road and to the right Pineville continues for a short distance before turning south again. From the T junction we continued on Pineville for half a mile to a right turn on Jakes Road. We drove west on Jakes for half a mile to a gate and parked on the right where a grass track heads north. This was my TH.

From the TH I walked north on the grass track (Rose waited in the car) along a tree/hedge line on the left and a huge cotton field on the right. At 250 yards I turned left (west) through the hedge to a grass track that heads west along the south side of dense evergreen woods. At a fork at 80 yards I stayed right, the track bends north and after another 80 yards bends west (a Hunter Blind is at the bend). The goggle satellite map clearly shows this route.

AREA 1 ... I continued west on the grass track for 225 yards (dense woods on both sides) before turning north and bushwacking/fighting my way in the dense woods. I stomped the area to the best of my ability, impossible to identify "the" HP ..... I chose 2 spots as possible HPs (30.99418, 87.58358) and (30.99414, 87.58333), I added orange flag tape to the spots.

AREA 2 ... I walked back east to the bend with the Hunter's Blind and continued/bushwacked east in the dense woods for 40-50 yards for the other candidate, again difficult to do so. I chose a spot at 30.99431, 87.58074 and added an orange flag tape.

I saw Rose talking to a gentleman beside a truck as I returned to the TH. Eddy, the owner of the land in the Highpoint area, had no trouble with me being on his land as long as I wasn't a Hunter. He was aware that this was the high ground of this area but not the Highpoint of the County.
Prior to Eddy's arrival Rose had gone to the house across the road from the TH to chat with the house. She found an elderly lady and relative of Eddy's, chatting outside the house. After the usual introductions and small talk the lady told Rose, "I was just about to call the law on you". They must have called Eddy.

Eddy told me that there are a lot of Rattlers in the area, he always wears Snake Boots (hunting boots) which he showed me as he pulled up his pant leg, "You should get yourself a pair when wandering around in these woods". I would end up taking his advise .... I added a pair of Snake Chaps to my hiking gear.
He lives in Daphnee, east of Mobile Bay, future highpointers might be wise to ask at the elderly lady's house for permission to access the land. I do not know what the reception would be however.

We drove to the other candidate Highpoints on the following roads ... Jones (4 spots), Jakes (2 spots),Tullis, Rease Seales, Hollingsworth, Pineville south end, Nokomis (3 spots) and circle ..... looking for obvious Highpoints that need to be checked out, only found a lot of flat areas or extremely dense vegetation. Will have to return.

From this County we moved on to Mobile County in Alabama.
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"YOUTH LOOKS FORWARD BUT AGE LOOKS IN BOTH DIRECTIONS."
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:track/wack nb from jakes rd to 2 areas
    Trailhead:northwest corner of county, jakes road  255 ft / 77 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack



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