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Ascent of Entre Rios High Point on 2012-04-01

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Date:Sunday, April 1, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Entre Rios High Point
    Location:Argentina
    Elevation:118 m / 390 ft

Ascent Trip Report

After an unsuccessful summit attempt on Aconcagua, I visited friends in Urdinarrain, Entre Rios which is a town located less than 100 miles southeast of the Entre Rios' high point. This gave me the opportunity to bag, at least, one providence high point in Argentina. Fortunately, this spot is only 1 mile west of a major highway and a well used dirt road passes within 100 feet of the "summit" on its west side, so it was not difficult to drive to. It was an easy spot to find using the coordinates found on this site and my GPS. There was a problem, however, once I reached the location as close as I could get on the closest dirt road. The vegetation was extremely thick and the approach required a miserable bushwhack to the top of a low long narrow ridge traversed with a row of electric poles. I noticed a railroad crossing a few hundred feet to the south that appeared to pass the high point on its east side. I followed the railroad track from its dirt road diagonal crossing walking north to the east side of the high point easily. The vegetation was still very thick, but I was much closer to the summit here (within 50 feet). In addition, a very short distance farther north was an entry point on a faint trail to the top of the ridge. There was even a small clearing on the ridge that permitted an unobstructed area to capture my picture using my self-timer and tripod. The vegetation was too thick to identify an actual high point, but all points on the ridge in the area under the electric line seemed of equal elevation. I set my Garmin Vista GPS on the ground and got a reading of 390 feet which was the exact elevation indicated for this high point. The clearing on the top of the ridge that I discovered suggested that I was not the first individual to visit the Entre Rios High Point, but I was the first to log my visit on Peakbagger.com. This did not exactly make up for my failure to reach the highest point in the Western Hemisphere, but it was rewarding to find the high point in a providence of a foreign country.
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