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Ascent of Prince Edward Island High Point on 2000-09-23

Climber: Michael Schwartz

Date:Saturday, September 23, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Prince Edward Island High Point
    Location:Canada-Prince Edward Island
    Elevation:139 m / 459 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Queens County, PEI

1 1/2 miles southeast of Glen Valley (450+ ft.), listed in reference works as 142 meters/466 ft. <"traditional" provincial high point>

Topo: 11 L/6 & 11 L/11 (one map), North Rustico 1:50, 000, 25' intervals

From the junction of PEI 264 and 227 southeast of Glen Valley, head SE on gravel Junction Road, which would be the continuation of 227. At 0.6 miles, park opposite a partially overgrown woods roads on the right. There were red surveyors tapes on trees alongside the gravel road, bracketing the woods road by a few yards. Walk in on the woods road for about 1/4 mile. It rises slightly, then levels off. Look for an even fainter path angling to the right, marked this day by a large pink surveyor's tape. Follow the path for about 100 feet and look for a mailbox affixed to a four- foot high metal
post. Inside is a register from the Glen Valley PEI Highpoint Club. This was emplaced on 4/23/00 by Charles and Betty Lou Abbott of
Glen Valley, tel: 902-964-2503. We looked in vain for the benchmark shown on the topo. The mailbox does indeed seem to be on the highest ground, and the woods path shows signs of occasional visitation. The Abbotts guided a group of children to the high point in June, but other than that, we were the first people to sign the register. Without the topo, we would never have found the spot, as the terrain is basically flat, and there are no markings other than the surveyors tapes, some of which the Abbots undoubtedly placed.

Postscript: I called the Abbotts after returning home and spoke to Mrs. Abbott, who was responsible for placing the marker. She is writing a book on the history of the local area and wanted to include something about the provincial high point, which was known to be in the area. She contacted Provincial Survey people and got them to resurvey the area. She accompanied them as they relocated the spot where the current register is implanted. They verified that the benchmark (or whatever the Canadians call them) shown on the topo is
gone. The land at the marked highpoint is privately owned,
and Mrs. Abbott did not contact the owner before emplacing the register. The current level of visitation is not likely to cause any
problems, but she won't push the PEI Tourism Office to mark the spot more definitively. Bottom line is that the marked area, surveyed for the current 1:50,000 map in the 1970's is probably the true high point, but I can see myself revisiting the Island someday to check out the two other 450'+ closed contours in the immediate area.
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