Ascent of Van Wert County High Point on 2012-03-11

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Sunday, March 11, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Van Wert County High Point
    Elevation:860 ft / 262 m

Ascent Trip Report

Whenever I need 21 areas to complete a County, my first reaction is, "Whow, do I skip this one". In this case I'm really glad I took the time to read Bob Schwab's TR of 2003, once read I decided to take it on.
Bob writes, "This county is not as bad as one might think, because ............. A two or three hour field hike can get most of these areas ............ when fields are bare and frozen".
In fact after having done it, I must say that Bob did a super job in describing this hike, it is not at all a big undertaking ..... I decided to follow Bob's foot steps including his tire tracks to the 3 Trail Heads.

My only purpose here is to add-details/update-ground-conditions, but in reality all you need is Bob's TR. This report adds a bit of dressing.

Bob's parking spot "field pull-off on the right" next to a fence is no longer, its replaced by a driveway, house #11527 with 2 huge-barking Bullmastiffs and a small one. We drove up to the house, getting the owner's attention by blowing our car horn and not getting out of the car. It turned out that the dogs are very friendly-leaners. I erred in not asking for the Owner's name. He built here in 2007 even though he's owned the land for much longer. He wasn't aware of County High Pointing, and didn't know that the land in front of his house was in Van Wert County.
This TH is a Tri-County Point (Mercer, Van Wert and Auglaize), and the line to the east is the Van Wert/Auglaize Co Line. I followed Bob's exact route to the different areas, I am only adding details where warranted.
AREA 4 .... my spot 100 yards northeast of the woods protrusion was at GPS 40.68593,-84.45154, however this area has a contending spot just 30 yards north of the woods protrusion at 40.68553,-84.45252.
AREA 5 .... I chose my spot right at the concrete post (Co Line) 40.68476,-84.45029. To the north is the Field-Line (bean/corn), south is a tall grass field. All of the areas are difficult to identify because of the subtle elevation changes, in the case of AREA 7 is was worst. To get to it I came back to Area 5 after visiting Area 6 on the Co Line, I walked the Field-Line north 175 yards then 50 yards east and picked my spot at 40.68631,-84.44968.
AREA 10 ..... After checking out the area I chose my spot few yards inside the woods 40.69001,-84.45079. 35 yards to the east at the corner of the woods is another concrete post that is on the field-line, due north of the post at Area 5.
AREA 11 ..... from Area 10 I walked east along the edge of the woods to a huge tree stump amid other wood debris. I found my way inside the woods and chose my high ground at 15 yards 40.69061,-84.44949.
To get back to the TH I walked south on the Field-Line to the concrete post at Area 5, the west on the Co Line to the TH at the Tri-County Point.

We followed Bob's driving direction, the only change to report is the name of the road ..... McConnell Road is signed Gaberdiel Road.
Two Canada Geese were at the opposite end of the pond as I approached the young fisherman, he had 3-6" long fish in his pail, he told me that the pond is not stocked. He said that his grandfather built the pond. His aunt, who now owns the house #21929, was at church, he didn't see a problem with me walking the land.
Again I followed Bob's foot steps, first visiting Areas 12 and 13 on the west side of the road before going to the other 7 Areas on the east side.
Again the Areas are very subtle/difficult to identify, nothing obvious.
AREA 20 .... is located 40 yards east of the Concrete Post on the Co Line and 30 yards north, my GPS 40.68512,-84.43459.
When I got back to the TH and we were just leaving a car pulled up, the friendly lady was the sister of the owner. It's obvious that people look out for each other so it's important to get permission.

We drove west on hwy #81 to the white house #88. The lady answering the door, Belle Angular, said "Yes I think its OK, but let me ask my husband, he's sitting in front of the TV."
He confirmed her permission.
I walked/climbed the open grass field behind the barn 100 yards to the obvious beautiful bump with open views in all directions. A real summit with some climbing for a change.


Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:180 ft / 54 m
    Elevation Loss:180 ft / 54 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Extra Loss:80 ft / 24 m
    Route:a visit to 21 areas
    Trailhead:Co Line/Gaberdiel road  840 ft / 256 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Extra Gain:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:a visit to 21 areas
    Trailhead:Co Line/Gaberdiel road  840 ft / 256 m

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