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Ascent of Hickory Benchmark on 2012-03-04

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Sunday, March 4, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hickory Benchmark
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:688 ft / 209 m

Ascent Trip Report

PB lists 3 Candidate High Point Areas, I did them in the order entered below.

AREA 3 (north of Grand Junction) ..... less than .5 mile RT.
After visiting the Fayette CoHP (Gordon Hill) we found our way to Grand Junction where we drove north on #368 for .56 miles to a right on Old Grand Junction Road, 1.74 miles to a driveway on the right. We parked at the storage building, no posted signs, the HP is due south in open grass fields.
I walked the grass track south 300 yards to the ridge then left 100 yards to the obvious HP, I chose my spot at GPS 35.06477, -89.16517.

AREA 1 (south of Hickory Valley west of hwy #18) ... .3 miles RT.
From Grand Junction we drove north on #368 for 1.68 miles to a right on #18, 5.22 miles to the crest-of-the road under a Power Line. We parked on the right just before the crest, the HP is to the left along the right-of-way.
I hopped an old fence and walked west on the grass right-of-way 250 yards to the height-of-land, then right 50 yards to the high ground. I chose my spot at GPS 35.13938,-89.13870, there is a house 200 yards to the north beyond the grass field.

AREA 2 (north of Hickory Valley west of #18) ..... .4 miles RT.
From Area 1 TH we continued north on 18 for 4.91 miles to a left on New Castle Drive (2 churches on corner), 2.42 miles arrived at Overhead Power Transmission Lines with its right-of-way, we parked on the left, the summit is to the left (west).
I walked the grass right-of-way west 300 yards to the 2nd Transmission Tower at the height-of-land, the high ground is to the right at 40 yards ..... my GPS 35.20914,-89.12997.

We moved north to the Haywood CoHP.

"IT'S NOT THAT I'M AFRAID OF DYING, IT'S THAT AFRAID OF TIME ..... YOU KNOW, NOT HAVING ENOUGH OF IT."

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:238 ft / 72 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:238 ft / 72 m
    Extra Loss:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:visit to 3 areas
    Trailhead:old grand junction road & hwy 18  600 ft / 182 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:visit to 3 areas
    Trailhead:old grand junction road & hwy 18  



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