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Ascent of Putnam County High Point on 2007-12-13

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Thursday, December 13, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Putnam County High Point
    Location:USA-Indiana
    Elevation:980 ft / 298 m

Ascent Trip Report

CoHP – PUTNAM COUNTY, INDIANA
980+ ft.
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Thursday, 12/13/2007

I returned to Danville as the best way to leave Hendricks County on US36. In downtown Danville, don’t miss the Mayberry Café, complete with a vintage Andy Griffith-era police car parked out front. I drove west until I reached a 3-lane section of the highway. Two lanes had been added for a brief, ½ mile climb up the winding ridge. This brought laughter to my heart. Passing lanes in Indiana! That’s a rarity! Off the side of the road, I also spied 2 deer.

When you get to Bainbridge, be sure to watch for the roof completely shingled in the pattern of the American flag. Very patriotic!

The walk to this HP is interesting to be sure. To get there, you have to walk around the edge of a still-active quarry. The quarry has two entrances, one north and one south that contains the main working buildings. I parked near the north entrance to the quarry and began walking west along a quarry road. I passed a very large, very rusty crane that had the largest bucket I had ever experienced relatively up-close. I passed several other rusty vehicles that looked like they had been abandoned several years ago. The condition of this equipment made me wonders whether this end of the quarry is still active.

The road eventually turned south to drop down to the quarry bottom. I continued walking west into the adjacent farm field. I walked about ¼ mile to the highest bump in the field, then turned southeast for another ¼ mile to the obvious high ground along the edge of the quarry. I walked over all high ground in this area, including crossing the quarry boundary fence to get a better look into the quarry. Satisfied I had hit the highest ground, I retraced my steps back to my car.

Trivia: Putnam County is the home of DePauw University, in the county seat of Greencastle. This small, private liberal arts school of about 2,500 students was one I considered attending. As a high school senior, I included this campus on my tour of prospective colleges. The first night I ever spent in a college dormatory was spent here on the “cold floor” (no heat, open windows, lots of warm blankets, etc.) of one of the frat houses.
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