Ascent of Charity Benchmark Southeast on 2011-03-08

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Charity Benchmark Southeast
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:1860 ft / 566 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mike Schwartz" directions got me to the general vicinity with one minor confusion point: heading south on rt. 20 you cross the county line twice and the turnoff is one mile after the second crossing.

Near the end of Upper Pecks Road I stopped to examine maps and trip reports, when a county deputy sheriff drove by headed home (his is the third house from the end). I waved at him, he stopped, and I walked up to his vehicle explaining that I was a county high pointer looking for the Harrison County high point. To my surprise, he did not give me the usual weird look. "Oh yeah," he said," a couple from Utah was here a couple of years ago looking for that. I know exactly where that is. I've been up there and seen the government marker." He then proceeded to give a detailed description of a Geological Survey marker.

I didn't find the marker, but his directions got me to the GPS coordinates. As Mike Schwartz notes, there are several tracks at the end of the road. The one Mike took goes up the driveway and through the yard of a trailer. The sheriff advised me to take the one to the left which curves around the trailer property (entrance washed out so I parked and walked) ending up at the same spot as the other track. A couple of hundred yards ahead find a locked gate (easy to duck under). As the road veered off from my GPS heading, I climbed the hill on the right of the road up to a fenceline and followed the fenceline to the coordinates. Mike Schwartz's estimate of 13 minutes up from the parking spot struck me as quite optimistic. While it's only 2/3 of a mile, some steep spots, fence hopping, and underbrush will slow you down
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:317 ft / 96 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:317 ft / 96 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1 km
    Trailhead:1543 ft / 470 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1 km

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