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Ascent of Cameron County High Point on 2011-01-21

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Friday, January 21, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cameron County High Point
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:69 ft / 21 m

Ascent Trip Report

A short westbound hike on a dirt track to Area 1 ....... 500 yards, 15 minutes RT.

From the town of Mercedes we found our way east to the intersection of I83/FM2556 and drove south 5 miles to a right turn on 281, then east .4 miles to a right turn on River Road. We traveled south 1 mile mile and parked the car ...... on the right is a Communication Tower and a dirt track heading due west along the south end of a sugar cane field. This was my TH.

I walked west on the dirt track 200+ yards to the southwest corner of the sugar cane field where I turned right (north) to the highpoint area at 30 yards. I picked a spot by a large tree, 15 yards west of the sugar cane, my GPS read 26.06307, 97.84583. The PB coordinates puts the spot at the edge of the sugar cane at a lower elevation.

From this Area 1 we drove continued east on 281 to a right turn on Cobarrubius Road, a rutted 4x4 dirt road (not recommended). We drove south 1.1 miles to the top of a high moat, the Rio Grande a short distance away. The other 2 Areas are located next to the Rio Grande.
We all know the problem associated with this Rio so there was no way that I would go any further, in fact I went too far as it was, I was expecting to be stopped by the Border Patrol ..... this area is full of Border Patrol cars.

We will spend the next 2 days visiting the South Padre Island/Brownsville/McAllen area before starting our eastern-trip around the Gulf, on the way to the Florida Coast.

"FAILURES AND HARDSHIPS IS WHAT WE REMEMBER MOST."

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4 ft / 2 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4 ft / 2 m
    Route:dirt track wb from river road
    Trailhead:east of mercedes/281  65 ft / 19 m
Descent Statistics



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