Ascent to Jackson County High Point-Front of posted locked gate on 2012-06-11
|Date:||Monday, June 11, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Unsuccessful - Turned Back|
|Point Reached:||Jackson County High Point - Front of posted locked gate|
| Elevation:||1065 ft / 324 m|
| Remaining Elevation:||35 ft / 11 m (0% left to go)|
Ascent Trip ReportI 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!
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