Ascent of Dickhum Benchmark Area on 2015-03-09

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Monday, March 9, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Dickhum Benchmark Area
    Elevation:880 ft / 268 m

Ascent Trip Report

I visited the 7 candidate high points with the use of Ken Oeser/Tom Owns TR. I have nothing to add to the driving directions, I do however add/offer information/new-detail/observations.

AREA 1 ,2, 3 & 4 (4 NORTHERN AREAS)
The most difficult task here is to locate the exact County Line. I first checked out the main intersection (Old N01 Road/Wilson Road) for high ground, county line location and looked for the BM with no luck. The driveway leading to the south (Area 5 & 6) is gated (was locked).
We then went to the house at Area 3. Jane Cook answered the door, knew right away what I was after and had no problem with me stomping her grounds, "It'll be muddy out there." I learned the following from our conversation.
1) She pays property taxes to Humphreys and Dickson Counties.
2) She pay her hydro bill to Dickson and I believe because of this fact she told me that "her house is in Dickson County.", which does not agree with the topo maps and the locations of a few on-site coordinates.
3) The PB coordinates puts most of the house in Humphreys, plus I took a GPS reading right in the middle of her driveway at 10 yards from the road (36.14017,-87.55326) which according to the topo map is also in Humphreys.
4) Jane says the county line is at the middle of the road junction, this opinion later confirmed by Becky Andrews, the property owner of Area 5 & 6 (???? the topo map however shows it 20+ yards to the west).
I gave it an honest effort to check the elevations of the 4 areas from different locations and I agree with Ken Oeser conclusion ..... AREA 2 is the highest and the others need not be visited, my chosen spot was just northwest of the road junction at GPS 36.13775,-87.55202.
Also the cook house is mostly in Humphreys County.
We went back to the gated driveway for Areas 5 & 6.

AREA 5 & 6 (2 AREAS SOUTH OF THE NORTHERN AREAS).... past a gated entrance.
I've said it numerous times "luck happens because someone watches over us" and today was another example of that. As noted above the gate to the house for these 2 areas was locked when we first got here, but as we came back for the second time an ATV pulled up to the gate from the house, Becky Andrews, her sister Martha and her new frisky dog, were out checking their fence lines.
As we went up to the gate they greeted us with big smiles, and knew right away what we wanted.
I told them that Rose would wait here in the van while I walked out to the Areas, "Oh no, you don't have to do that, you can follow me to the house, in fact I haven't been back there for a while. I drive you out there."
"You don't have to do that, I can walk."
"It's much too muddy, I'll drive you there."
Becky, the property owner, lost her husband a few years back, and now she works the farm all by her self, contrary to her children's approval. Her sister Martha lives with her.
Before leaving I told her that I looked-for and couldn't find the BM. "Oh I know were one of them is, you and Rose can hop in, Martha will wait here"
She drove us west of the gate at a pile of debris, as a result of land clearing (less than 100 yards west of the gate and 30 yards south of the road). The concrete pedestal, uprooted and pushed here is laying on its side with its BM in tact "USC&G Survey DICKHUM No 2, 1934 (with an arrow)" ... the arrow telling us that there must be another so we went looking for it at the gate area.
No luck, there is another pile of debris here, just east of the driveway, so it could be buried here.
Becky says that when they put in the driveway they purposely located it Humphreys County cause of tax purposes. She says the left (east) side gate post of her driveway is the County Line, which is approx the center of the road junction. Like the Cooks she pays property taxes to both counties.
We followed them to the house which sits on AREA 6, then she drove Rose and I to AREA 5, I jumped out to open an electrified gate en-route.
She is a talkative happy women full of pep and vigor and loves to tell stories, like the one how her husband built the Hunter Stand and dragged it in place, she had to show it to us.
When we got back to the house we talked for a very long time .... a very beautiful strong person, born in 1941. Martha is the quite one.
I told her that it was my intention to walk up her driveway if she hadn't been there. She told me that she doesn't like to have people walk up to the house. So I suggested that I put here telephone number in my TR for other County High Pointers to use. She gave it to me after a long reflection.
WARNING TO COUNTY HIGH POINTERS ... no not walk up the driveway unannounced, call Becky Andrews at 615-763-0172, for permission. She will not disappoint, a lovely person.
We must have spent an-hour-and-a-half on the property. She actually followed us back to the gate where we rediscussed the BM/County Line.
A nice visit.

AREA 7 .... A westbound bushwack, less than 200 yards RT
From the Wilson road its .5 miles west to a left on Tummins Road, then south .8 miles to the crest-of-the-road and a farm gate on the left. We parked here, the HP is a bushwack to the right (west) at less than 100 yards.
The somewhat obvious HP is in moderately dense woods with good visibility this time of the year, wouldn't be the case with foliage.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Elevation Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:60 ft / 18 m
    Extra Loss:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:visit to 7 areas
    Trailhead:Old Number 1 Road/Wilson  860 ft / 262 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:60 ft / 18 m
    Extra Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Route:visit to 7 areas
    Trailhead:Old Number 1 Road/Wilson  860 ft / 262 m

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