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Ascent of Shelby County High Point on 2012-03-03

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Marcus with support from Rose.
Date:Saturday, March 3, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Shelby County High Point
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:430 ft / 131 m

Ascent Trip Report

PB lists 5 Candidate High Point Areas for this Co, we used Fred Dale's excellent TR of 2002, which in general still applies today. This report will update a few details.
I did this outing together with Rose and our grandson Marcus, for his very first CoHP ..... Marcus graduated from Georgia Tech just this past semester and is working for a consulting firm in the huge Nike Distribution Center in Memphis.

We actually did the 5 Areas in the reverse order listed below, after shopping at Nike's employee store.

2 AREAS SOUTH OF HAGY'S CORNER AT THE NORTH CO LINE.
AREA 1
From the freeway #385, north end of Memphis, we exited at Hwy 14 (Brownsville) and drove north on 14 for 4.4 miles to a left on Rosemark Road, 3 miles north to the crest-of-road and the entrance on the left #10,023 "White Oak Farm, visitors welcome" ..... a boarding stable. The Co Line is just up the road.
The gate was open so we drove in and walked/looked around for permission, not a sole in sight except for 2 super friendly dogs, until we found this couple and a young lady, inside the stable barn, getting ready to take their pony out for a training ride in the oval arena. The owner was not in and they didn't see a problem with us visiting the HP.
We fed apples and made friends with a few horses.
The high ground is definitely inside the Oval Arena, we walked the flat area which I would think has been leveled-some in order to build the Oval.
On our way out the owner Robert drove in .... the very friendly gentleman knew that this a HP area, and had no problem with us.
AREA 2
A few hundred yards down the road from "White Oak Farm" is house #9960, the outstanding Bradford Pear in front of the house was in full bloom. Lisa had no problem with us visiting the HP, in fact seemed pleased and proud. Said that we are the 4th group to visit, one of her church friends apparently checked into it and told her that she has the CoHP. She and her husband have joked around about building a marker of sorts.
We walked the grass field to the obvious high ground with no obvious spot, Marcus and I chose our spot at GPS 35.40021, -89.76602. My not-too-reliable eye-level told us that we agree with Fred ..... a bit higher than Area 1.

2 AREAS EAST OF FISHERVILLE AND SOUTH OF THE MOORE CEMETERY.
AREA 3
Located at the east Co Line, intersection of Macon Road (hwy #193) and the freeway #385. It was impossible for us to even guess the HP location at this major intersection, nothing appears natural here. I am of the opinion the this candidate should be removed from the list. According to my GPS the county line sign is at longitude W89.63871.
AREA 4
From Fisherville (hwy 205/193) we drove east on 193 (Macon Road) for 1.1 miles to a driveway on the right, an open gate is just ahead, we parked to one side, this was our TH. The high ground can be seen (to the southeast )through the line of bushes in open pasture land.
We walked south on the driveway 80 yards, turned left inside the dense bushes, crawled our way through 2 rows of fences and walked the pasture 100 yards to the not-too-obvious HP, side stepping the mine field. We chose out spot at GPS 35.15655, -89.64403.

ONE AREA AT THE VERY SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE COUNTY, SOUTH OF COLLIERVILLE.
AREA 5
From the intersection of freeway#385/hwy#72, south of Collierville, we drove south on 72 for 1 mile to the Co Line (my longitude at the Co Line sign was W89.64423), 100 yards past we pulled into the dirt track on the right and parked the car.
On the right is the North-South Co Line in very dense bushes, straight ahead to the south is open grass field and a fenced-in storage yard in the distance ...... signs of recent AT&T Underground Cable installation and lines of Survey Stakes, indicating future construction.
We walked the grass filed south staying left of the bushes to the high ground at about 300 yards. Found a new Survey Stake and an old fence line inside the dense bushes, it's impossible to pick "the" HP. We walked the area pretty confident of touching something, a GPS was taken at 35.00830,- 89.64394.


Marcus enjoyed County High Pointing with his Grandma and Grandpa for the first time. He decided to open an account with PB ..... Marcus has done a lot of hiking.

"NEVER TELL YOUR PROBLEMS TO ANYONE ......20% DON'T CARE AND THE OTHER 80% ARE GLAD YOU HAVE THEM."




Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:30 ft / 10 m
    Elevation Loss:30 ft / 10 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:30 ft / 10 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:visit to 5 areas
    Trailhead:loop hwy 385  400 ft / 121 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:30 ft / 10 m
    Route:visit to 5 areas
    Trailhead:loop hwy 385  400 ft / 121 m



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