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Ascent of Adams County High Point on 2017-06-07

Climber: Andrew Karr

Date:Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Adams County High Point
    Location:USA-Mississippi
    Elevation:440 ft / 134 m

Ascent Trip Report

An interesting couple of hours meandering around this very historic area of Mississippi. I started in the little village of Fenwick. I thought I might park my car on Duck Pond Rd and then walk around but the abundance of enthusiastic guard dogs made me decide it would be less obtrusive to drive. I started with #6 on Duck Pond, first scrambling up the embankment and then discovering that the high ground was basically at the top of the driveway into the property. An unfriendly dog growled but did not approach when I hollered to see if anyone was around. #8, near some tanks, had nice views to the north. It looked to me like it was higher than #9, across the street in a front yard. I walked in, dogs again and someone home but he seemed utterly disinterested in my presence. I just smiled and waved. #5 was a scramble of of old 84. Easiest access was a little to the east. I did not find the benchmark. This area registered highest of all according to my iphone GPS.

Then I headed east to the main area. #7 is at the beginning of the driveway in. I walked in and again was accosted by dogs at a home on the way up. The owner was happy to chat with me about the property and invited me to explore at will, including the very interesting overgrown aboveground cemetery to the northwest of the high point. Apparently dates from the 1700's! There was a house at the top that seemed abandoned. #3 is just off Dunbarton Rd headed south; area 2 is at a large old house. I drove up the driveway, walked around and hollered to see if anyone was around. #4 is in an area that is clearly used for hunting (wear orange in season!).

Next I drove north and crossed US-84 on State Park Rd. Areas 11 and 12 are an easy walk in; again, posted for hunting. Area 13 is now at the edge of a huge gravel pit. Don't do this one in the dark; the dropoff is steep and abrupt! #14 is at the top of a little cluster of homes. A gentleman came out while I was there and informed me that his daughter lived in the house that I was investigating; I didn't see the need to tap on the door since I was already there.

Area 15 is in the state park. I drove in, almost to the end of the cabin road, then parked and hiked in as the sun was setting, as described in a previous report. Afterwards, I camped (for free!) at the primitive site available.

I realized after completing this report that I missed tiny area 10, near the church. I think it's very unlikely that that is the high ground but I'll get to it on another trip.
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