Ascent to Cape Henry-Lighthouse on 2012-01-09

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Monday, January 9, 2012
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Cape Henry - Lighthouse
    Elevation:60 ft / 18 m
    Remaining Elevation:40 ft / 12 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Today was a "NO ACCESS" Highpoint.

From Virginia Beach we drove east on I264 to the Atlantic Coast, then north on Atlantic Avenue to the stop light at its very north end (left is hwy 60) where I turned right on Atlantic Avenue a short distance to Fort Story Gate 8 Entrance.
What follows is a perfect example of how our movements have changed in America. In February 2001 Michael Schwartz reported "The gates are usually not manned, but ........". Today the gate is manned with 2 guards who asked for driver/registration license, to get out of the car and open all doors including hood and trunk. After a full inspection you are provided with a Historic Site Access Pass with instructions "You are authorized to visit First landing and The Lighthouse and no other part of the installation, drive only on the main road to the Lighthouse". I followed orders.

I asked if it was possible to get a special pass to visit the highpoint, they referred me to the office beside the gate where the gentleman on duty didn't know .... it was the first time he was asked this question .... he told me to call Major Brady at 757-462-1825.
I didn't think that I would get walk-up permission so I left it for another day.

After visiting the Lighthouse we moved-on to Jockeys Ridge, North Carolina.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:0 ft / 0 m
    Route:drive up to lighthouse
    Trailhead:Fort Story gate 8  60 ft / 18 m

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