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Ascent of Lee County High Point on 2011-02-20

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Sunday, February 20, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lee County High Point
    Location:USA-Florida
    Elevation:32 ft / 9 m

Ascent Trip Report


PB lists 11 candidate highpoints, after checking them out I believe there are "too many" candidates, most of them are in a unfinished subdivision, near roads, dug-out-canals, etc. I question them being on natural terrain. Even the Area 1 candidate is near ditches, berms and a pond. Perhaps Area 5 is the only one that is on natural land.

Area 1 ...... We approached from the west, from I75 exit 131 we traveled east on 82 approx 17 miles to a right turn on Wildcat Drive, then south 1.7 miles to a left on Tina's lane, continued east to its end at 1 mile, just before the County Line, parked the car.
On the N/S County Line there is a wide canal, to the east (Collier) is a road and huge orange groves, to the west (Lee) is a berm and a sand track beside an abandoned grove.
I walked south on the berm 300 yards then dropped to the highground area, which is near the berm, ditches and a pond ..... doubtful that the area is virgin. PB put the spot at a low area, I chose my spot at 26.49531, 81.56365.

Area 5 ...... We drove back to Wildcat then south .4 miles to the corner (road turns left), parked the van, this is the TH. The highpoint is due south along a fence-line.
At the southeast corner a herd path enters the woods through a gap in the fence-line and travels generally south (on west side of the fence) about 250 yards to a house. Here I crossed over the fence to the east side and continued in a dense bushwack another 100+ yards. Impossible to identify the highground.

We traveled back to hwy 82 then entered Lehigh Acres on the north side of the hwy. Lehigh Acres is an old community completely laid out with signed paved roads and canals but very few houses (especially the east end), a bit of a ghost town.
We drove/visited all of the remaining 9 candidate highpoint areas, most of witch are beside roads and canals, and therefore one needs to question "if the area is natural".

"........ BREAK AWAY ONCE IN A WHILE TO CLIMB A MOUNTAIN OR SPEND TIME IN THE WOODS. WASH YOUR SPIRITS CLEAN." ..... John Muir
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:sb walk on a berm
Descent Statistics
    Route:sb walk on a berm



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