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Ascent of Kane County High Point on 2014-10-19

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, October 19, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Kane County High Point
    Location:USA-Illinois
    Elevation:1066 ft / 324 m

Ascent Trip Report

Online LIDAR-based mapping shows that the southern three 1060’ contours on the USGS map only reach 1058’-1060’, while the northernmost area, with BM 1065, has four small 1066’ two-foot contours very close together. These are located in a small thicket of dense vegetation on the west side of Tower Road. See this site: http://gistech.countyofkane.org/kanegis/kanegis.html#

When I visited I had not yet seen the LIDAR map. It was still relatively early on a Sunday morning and after scouting the area by driving back on and forth on Tower Road, I first checked out the 2 southern areas. I parked in the driveway of the radio tower, near the corner of Plato and Tower Roads, and clearly saw that the area south of Plato was a large high school complex and clearly lower. I walked around the tower area, featuring a fenced-off strange square concrete tower, plus a radio mast, and then drove north on Tower Road. The second-northernmost contour area clearly looked lower than the obvious rise holding the 1065’ BM, which LIDAR confirms as the true HP vicinity. Near the HP I did not find any of the nearby houses inviting for permission-asking, since it was so early on Sunday.

So instead I was able to park my car in the driveway of a seed company complex north of the HP area on the east side of the road, since no one was at work there. I then walked south on Tower Road and was bothered by a barking dog that would not stop, in the driveway of the house south of the seed company. It was clear that the thicket across from the driveway was the high ground, and no dog owner or anyone else was near, so I plunged in and tried to Lobdelize the area. I found the barn debris mentioned by John Mitchler in his TR and touched all the highest spots. The dog never stopped barking, but no one bothered me as I thrashed about. There were thorn bushes and some nasty brush. Once I was satisfied I had made a good-faith effort to find the high ground, I quickly walked the 60 seconds back to the seed company and drove off.

I was happy to discover the LIDAR mapping when I got home that confirmed that I had been at the true high point. Roy Wallen’s trip report mentions a landowner that claimed on a clear day you can see Chicago from this area, but I could not make out any skyscrapers to the east on this fine, crisp, mostly nice day from the open radio tower area.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy



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