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Ascent of Galloway Knob on 2015-03-17

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Galloway Knob
    Location:USA-Ohio
    Elevation:1397 ft / 425 m

Ascent Trip Report

This report aims to update/add-information to Bob Schwab's excellent TR report, for only the listed areas, the others don't need updating. This is not a stand-alone TR, one needs to read Bob for the full picture. This County required more than one visit .... I have this one only TR, updated after each visit.
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VISIT #1 DATED 2014-08-06 .... a visit to 7 areas (#1 through #7)

This is the last OHIO COHP I visited on this trip, still a lot of work to do before completing the State. Tomorrow we will drive east to Bethlehem PA for our Alan Jackson concert on the 8th of August. We are in good singing form, should be great fun.

Armed with Bob Schwab's TR I went to only 7 of the 14 Candidate High Point Areas for Belmont County on today's first visit .... not enough hours in a day.

AREAS 1 & 2 (GALLOWAY KNOB) .... .4 miles RT.
From the crest-of-the-road at the paddock I hopped the fence, climbed the grass slope 300+ yards northwest to the summit and found the Galloway Benchmark on AREA 1. I then walked northeast a few hundred yards to AREA 2 .... it need not be visited as it is clearly lower in elevation.
The views of the surrounding hills are outstanding. I would find out later that Doug keeps the grass cut on all of his hills, says "He likes them that way."
When I returned to the van Rose was talking to owner of the property, Doug Kindler .... he drove up to see what we were all about. He is proud of his HP and welcomes visitors, however he wants to be asked prior to access.
He is a super nice guy. He once had a sign at the paddock "Galloway Highest Point", he moved it to his house for fear of losing it to vandals. He invited us to see the sign, so we drove down road about half mile to house #45810 (first house after the left bend). Took photos and asked him if I could add them to PB ... seemed pleased with that.
Had a long chat, owns a lot of land, presently installing gas lines on his property. He now has 35 cows vs 600 in the old days. This is a beautiful area.
Asked him, "Where was the best vantage point for a photo of Galloway Knob."
"Follow me to my other house down the road." was the answer.
Once there we met another chap working under his truck. Took our photos and after more talk left for our next Area.
Please do go to the house for Doug's permission, he will not disappoint.

AREA 3 & 4 .... 100 yards RT.
After visiting AREA 3 at the Chestnut Level Church, we drove easterly .2 miles to Hatcher Road on the left, then 75 yards east to the crest of Hatcher Road. The HP is 10 yards left (north) of the fence in pasture land, the lone tree is still there. To get to it I had to walk east on the road for 30+ yards, to where I found a spot to crawl under the fence. One could hop the gate, at the corner of Chestnut Level and Hatcher Roads and walk east the 75 yards to the HP.

AREA 5 .... a pasture land walk of .9 miles RT
When we got to house #62591 Secrest Road a man was sitting in the front verenda. After the usual small talk, "I don't own the property on the ridge, but I don't see a problem, you can park at the barn.". pointing to the barn 50 yards up the road. This was my TH.
My while route was grazing land with a lot of paddies. I climbed the moderately steep slope southeasterly (made a mistake, should have stayed left-of-east) 350 yards to the ridge at a bit of a bump with a bunch of nice open woods (evidence that this area was used by the animals for shade). I had to hop over 2 fence lines on the ascent.
I turned left and followed the ridge 400 yards northeast to the obvious HP (my GPS 40.00262,-81.03546), crossing over 2 more fence lines on the way (the ridge has a line of trees with a fence line, I found it easier to stay right (east) of this fence) .... It was the 400 yard walk up the ridge to the HP that made me realize that I erred in my climb to the ridge.
My only obstacle on this route was the paddies.
When I got back to the TH I went over to thank the gentleman, "Well I must say you were lucky that the landlord wasn't around, he doesn't like people on his property". I got the feeling that he had second thoughts in granting me permission.

AREA 6 .... a bushwack of .4 miles RT.
The gated access road to the FAA Communication Facilities was locked with menacing warning signs "No Entry, Federal Property, etc.". Did not look too inviting so we drove down the road another .2 miles to a driveway on the right with a bit of a storage area (a tank and a blue container). No signs around so we made this my TH.
I climbed the very steep 20 yards slope, hopped a fence and bushwacked 150 yards to the summit. I walked the perimeter of the fenced in Facility and got out of there ASAP.

AREA 7 .... a road walk of .3 miles RT.
A gated gravel road is on the right just before you arrive at the Mckeevers driveway with the white house and barn. Its unsigned, we parked in front of the gate.
I walked the service road east as t winds left 250 yards to the summit, capped with a fenced-in tall/blue water tank. I walked the perimeter of the fence, the barn is seen a stones throw away to the northwest. Great open views in all directions.

This trip is sort-of usual for me, never without minor irritants ..... Rose dug a tick out of my left leg behind the knee cap, I drove home with a mild case of Poison Ivy on the calf of my left leg, on the shin of my right leg and on the back of my right hand. Hopefully I'll be able to treat it without a Doctors prescriptions for prednisone. A bit of a pain but "c'est la vie".

We are off to the Alan Jackson concert in Bethlehem, PA, we'll be back to Ohio after the harvest.

"POUR ME SOMETHIN' TALL AN' STRONG,
MAKE IT A HURRICANE BEFORE I GO INSANE,
IT'S ONLY HALF PAST TWELVE BUT I DON'T CARE ....
IT'S FIVE O'CLOCK SOMEWHERE." .............. alan jackson
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VISIT #2 DATED 2015-03-17 .... a visit to the last 7 areas (#8 through #14) completes the county.

What a coincidence !!!! once again we are back to the Ohio's Belmont COHP and once again we are going to a music concert this time, Neil Diamond, tomorrow in Columbus !!!!! on Rose's birthday.

AREA 8 .... a service road walk .... .8 miles RT.
Just past the yellow and white gas pipe line markers on the left is a service road that climbs the ridge south to 2 Communication Towers. The obvious HP is 40 yards past the second Tower at .4 miles from the road ..... beautiful open grass top with a superb 360 degree panorama.

AREA 9 .... wack/track climb .... .3 miles RT
I used Michael Schwartz route staying away from houses, and easily found the BM. We parked at the corner of #147/Goshen TWP147 and walked 150 yards down the road before starting the climb.

AREA 14 .... road/wack ... .6 miles RT
We parked at small parking pullout on the left side of #800, across the road from the campground, north of the summit. I used Michael Schwartz recommended route. I walked back south 200 yards and entered the woods at the sign "Wildlife Area", as Michael says, its easy open woods. Obvious HP at 40.06655,-81.20863, added an orange tape. And no, I did not find Michael's lost papers.

We are all pumped for Neil Diamond, tomorrow evening, should be great fun.

"JUST THE TWO OF US TOGETHER
DOES FOREVER SOUND OKAY
SAY YES IT DOES
OH YES IT DOES." ............ neil diamond lyrics from "nothing but a heartache".
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There is only one county left for OHIO to do "GREEN" .... will visit Hocking County after the Neil Diamond concert.


"BELMONT COUNTY CREATED IN 1801 TAKES ITS NAME FROM THE FRENCH 'BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN'. AS OF THE 2010 CENSUS ITS POPULATION WAS 70,400, THE COUNTY SEAT IS ST. CLAIRVILLE. IN 1976 BELMONT BECAME THE FIRST AMERICAN COUNTY TO ELECT A FEMALE SHERIFF."









Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:97 ft / 29 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:visit to the last 7 areas
    Trailhead:various  1300 ft / 396 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack



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