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Ascent of Batesville Hill on 2012-01-28

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Saturday, January 28, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Batesville Hill
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:956 ft / 291 m

Ascent Trip Report

An easy/rushed walk on private property ...... 4.4 miles, 1h30 hours RT.

My TH was the gated grass driveway on the west side of hwy 117, across the road is the signed "SJ Ranch", located 7 miles north of hwy 57 in Batesville or 12.5 miles south of Uvalde.
As I looked west at this gated driveway I had the corner of a Tall Game Farm Fence on my right and straight ahead a track (brushy grazing land) beside the Tall Fence at 240 degree Compass Line. The HP is on this line at about 2.1 miles.
I stepped over the low fence at the grass driveway, then continued (at a good pace) along the fence line at 240 degree, about 2 miles to a height-of-land (35 minutes).
I continued along the fence, descended 150 yards and made a sharp left turn along another Tall Fence (generally southeast). I ascended straight ahead to the high ground at 200 yards where I turned left (northeast) 50 yards on open ground to the BM on a beautiful round summit ... open with sparse shrubs, 360 degree super/flat panorama (2.2 miles, 40 minutes from the TH).
My GPS, directly on the "US Geological Survey Marker, Elev 965'" on top of an 18" tall steel pipe, read 29.03000, -99.71712. Near-by are two "US Coast & Geodetic Survey Triangulation Station" embedded in raised concrete bases, one stamped "Camp #1, 1972", the other "Camp 1972".
I returned/rushed the same way in 35 minutes. I didn't see any animals even though I was on grazing land.
This is an excellent/easy route, except for the fact that it is on private property. From here we moved-on to the Maverick Co HP.

"OH, GIVE ME LAND, LOTS OF LAND
UNDER SUNNY SKIES ABOVE,
DON'T FENCE ME IN."


Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:156 ft / 47 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Route:track walk swb from hwy 117.
    Trailhead:hwy 117 N of batesville  900 ft / 274 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country



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