Ascent of Carroll County High Point on 2011-02-17

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Thursday, February 17, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Carroll County High Point
    Elevation:1380 ft / 420 m

Ascent Trip Report

I completed the first two of the three high points using Bob Schwab's earlier trip report as a guide. However, I couldn't find the turn onto Ocelot Road and ended up using a round about route, guided by my GPS. Eventually that took me to the intersection of Ocelot and Blossom and back to Bob's directions. At the abandoned white silo I headed up a track to two trailers. A dog greeted me, but no one answered the doors, so I headed up through the cornfield to the highpoint. On my way out, however, a young man from across the road flagged me down to ask me what I had been doing on his uncle's property. Initially hostile, he cooled down quickly after I explained my presence and apologized for any distress I had caused. He seemed familiar with the concept of county high pointing (and even offered directions to Carroll County HP#3 which he believed to be the true high point). Apparently his uncle had hooked up an automatic camera that tripped on as soon as I pulled up because he has suffered frequent break-ins lately. I've heard the same thing from several other property owners in rural Ohio and Pennsylvania in the last year. Apparently hard times have promoted mischief even in previously low crime rural areas. I should have asked across the road when no one was home at the two trailers. In my experience people almost always give permission when you ask, but are quite nervous when strangers appear without explanation.

Bob's directions lead me to the second of the county's high points without incident. Approaching darkness convinced me to leave no. 3 for another day.

March 18, 2011
I completed the third Carroll County High Point today.From the intersection of US 30, Ohio 9, and Ohio 644, take rt.9 South to the edge of the village of Kensington. Just beyond the village limits take a left on Bane Rd. and follow it several miles to a left on Meter Rd. You'll pass by signs welcoming you to the Boy Scout camp. In about a half mile (sorry I didn't watch my odometer closely) find a gate on the left. From here it's slightly less than a quarter mile and 100 feet of elevation gain to the high point. Relatively scenic for an Ohio CHP.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:348 ft / 105 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:348 ft / 105 m
    Extra Loss:216 ft / 65 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:1248 ft / 380 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km

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