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Ascent to Jackson County High Point-Front of posted locked gate on 2012-06-11

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Date:Monday, June 11, 2012
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Jackson County High Point - Front of posted locked gate
    Location:USA-Missouri
    Elevation:1090 ft / 332 m
    Remaining Elevation:10 ft / 3 m (0% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

I have recently developed an interest in claiming Missouri county highpoints whether they are named or not. Before this time I was only interested in ascending named county highpoints. It was disappointing to discover that the Jackson County highpoint is now completely enclosed by a fence with a locked gate from which hangs a sign reading, "Trespassing or Vandalism is an act of Domestic Terrorism and will be reported to the Office of Homeland Security and the FBI for prosecution." I will admit that I have jumped many posted gates and fences in my life during my peakbagging adventures, but this sign intimidated me too much, especially with a busy road next to it and the ease of today's communication with probably every car having a cellular phone available. I decided not to risk the chance that someone might call in my suspicious behavior to the authorities, so I got no farther than the locked gate only 170 yards from the highpoint! I am still highly motivated to bag this highpoint, but not during rush hour traffic with my bright yellow Festiva sitting directly in front of the posted sign on a double locked gate! FOOTNOTE: Upon further study of the topo map for this area, I realized I had mistakenly assumed that the highpoint is enclosed within the posted fenced area. The actual highpoint is located farther east outside of the restricted area, so I hope to travel back here soon and claim this summit before the actual highpoint gets posted too!
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