Ascent of Rib Mountain on 2015-07-17

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Friday, July 17, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Rib Mountain
    Elevation:1924 ft / 586 m

Ascent Trip Report

1924 ft.
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Friday, 7/17/2015

The purpose of this trip was damage control. Recall that I had previously visited here on 1/13/2007. On that date, I had climbed the boulder but failed to reach the top because of icy conditions. In 2007, I did not understand that climbing to the top of the mountain meant climbing to the TOP of the rock pile.

On this day, I returned under summer conditions. I had good soles on my feet, and climbing the rock was no problem once I identified my line of attack. I placed my hand on the summit, and I claimed this county done in true CoHPer fashion. The only concession I made was driving to the top rather than climbing the 400ft mountain.

I performed extensive searching for the BM here. I

Of tangential interest to HPers, Marathon County is also home to N45.000 W90.000, billed as “the center of the northern half of the western hemisphere”. This is one of the few land-based convergences of significant latitude-longitude coordinates.

The true location of this spot is in a farm field just NW of the town of Poniatowski. There is a county tourist attraction set up on Meridian Road to the west of the true point of convergence. If you stop there, you will find several signs explaining the history of the place, as well as a “proxy” BM placed in the ground here to celebrate the nearby famed point. It will take you just a few seconds to say “Been there, done that”.

That county park is said to be the smallest county park in Wisconsin. I learned that when I visited at the home of the person who lives nearest to the grid point. After looking at a satellite view of the area, I drove to R439 Lovers Lane, the home just NE of the cross-point. There, I found a well-kept home complex. I knocked at the door, and a shirtless, shoeless man answered. I told him why I was there, and he offered to walk me to the point of interest.

This man had lived here a long time, and he was aware of the fame of his land. He formerly was a ginseng root farmer until he retired. He sometimes placed a marker in the field that highlighted the exact spot. But this year the field was in corn. We walked to the edge of the woods to the east and to the north of the spot, and he showed me some “flags” he had placed on trees and stakes that pointed to the cross-point. We were still about a hundred feet away from the true point, so I cannot in good faith claim this stop as a “completion”.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:55 ft / 17 m
    Route:Trail around east side of rock pile
    Trailhead:Summit Parking Lot  1869 ft / 569 m
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear

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