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Ascent of Kelley Benchmark on 2012-11-12

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, November 12, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Kelley Benchmark
    Location:USA-Pennsylvania
    Elevation:1600 ft / 487 m

Ascent Trip Report

COHP.ORG lists 5 Candidate High Point Areas for this county. I have numbered them in accordance with Michael Schwartz's TR which still applies and should be used for directions. Also the other TRs apply. My purpose here is to give the coordinates for my chosen spots and to update access.

AREA 1 -- KELLEY BENCHMARK AS PER PB .... 600 yards RT.
Instead of going to the house as Michael did, I continued straight on Venango Road and parked the van at .27 miles from Kelly Road, and ascended the slope (tall/rough grass-field) to the left (west) 300 yards to the high ground .... nothing obvious on a 25 yards flat, I chose my spot at 41.15726,-79.84088.

AREA 2 - SOUTHWEST OF EAU CLAIRE ..... 450 Yards RT
I went north on Anderson Road for .12 miles to a gate on the right. I crawled under the gate and ascended east the harvested corn field 225 yards to the summit ...... GPS 41.13063,-79.81326. Could be a problem in the planting/growing season.

AREA 3 - SOUTHWEST OF EAU CLAIRE .... 400 yards RT.
The eastern approach route that Michael used (off of Anderson Road) is posted so I approached from the south side. From the corner of Anderson/Cemetery Roads we drove westerly on Cemetery for .37 miles to the Entrance on the right for a new development "Schumacher Homes". We drove the driveway north .2 miles to the only home (large) being built. The guy installing the roof shingles gave me permission to stomp the area.
I walked/bushwacked north a few hundred yards to the HP in open nice woods ..... nothing obvious, chose my spot at 41.12698,-79.82333. There were no signs of new roads to this area.

AREA 4 - NORTH OF ANNISVILLE...... 800 yards RT.
Once I scrambled up the embankment and got inside the open woods I picked up a grass track that took me directly to the summit area at about 250 yards from hwy 38 ..... I chose my spot at the somewhat obvious HP, GPS 41.08746,-79.79713. Two beautiful deer showed me their white tail as I approached the summit.

AREA 5 - EAST OF ANNISVILLE .... 600 yards RT.
We drove east on West Eldorado Road for 1.2 miles to the road-crest and parked at the pullout on the left (north) side, the abandoned house is to the right at 40 yards.
I walked across the road and climbed the tall/rough grass slope 200 yards to the long summit ridge (runs southwesterly for about 100 yards). I walked the ridge but found it difficult to find the HP, I chose my spot at the northern end of the ridge at GPS 41.08340,-79.77644.
I scarred-up a rabbit on the descent.

"AFTER CLIMBING A GREAT MOUNTAIN, ONE ONLY FINDS THAT THERE ARE MANY MORE MOUNTAINS TO CLIMB."

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:380 ft / 114 m
    Extra Gain:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:visit to 5 areas NE corner
    Trailhead:different areas NE corner of county  1460 ft / 445 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack



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