Ascent of Ebright Azimuth on 2010-01-31
|Date:||Sunday, January 31, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||442 ft / 134 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWith the wind whipping the snow into a complete whiteout around me, my left crampon plunged into a massive crevasse opening up below me. As I began to fall, I spun around and arrested myself with my ice axe before dragging my Sherpa guide in with me. I could make out the body of a climber who had fallen to his death in this snowy abyss and resolved to get out of the crevasse. My crampons could not gain any purchase on the icy walls and I was forced to drag myself out using just my arms and precariously placed ice axe. When I emerged from the bottomless hole I was just a few steps from my lofty goal: the highest peak in Delaware. Victory was mine!
The caretaker for the site is actually in the house just across from the Ebright Azimuth Marker on the corner of Ramblewood Drive and Sturbridge Drive. She has a guest book and some information about the Highpointer's Club. She was great to talk to and loves to chat with people who pass through on their way to Delaware's high point She has a lot of information about the history of the area and of the high point. Take the time to drop in and say hello. You will not be disappointed. I actually wandered across the field into the trailer park to the west to ensure that I covered the highest ground. After Ebright, I was off to Iron Hill, DE...
I only live an hour away on the other side of Philadelphia but never bothered with this one until now. I am moving out to California in a month or so and figured now was the best time to spend a day in Delaware doing a few high points (I just can't call them peaks...) and checking out some historic sites. Normally I bag the drive-up peaks in the dead of winter from miles away, or at least from miles away. Delaware was the exception. There is just no way to make this one hard unless you want to walk around the suburbs all day...
Would have been the "only party on the mountain" but some guy walked by with his dog on the sidewalk....
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