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Ascent of Blue Ridge-Paris Benchmark on 2003-11-27

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Beth Cousland
Date:Thursday, November 27, 2003
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blue Ridge-Paris Benchmark
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:1935 ft / 589 m

Ascent Trip Report

Near the bend in the access road we hiked into the woods to get within the third of the four Clarke candidate areas. This is near where Clarke, Fauquier and Warren counties meet. The county line wasn't marked but using road junctions and bends as references we were certainly very close. We saw deer, and also heard some far-off gun shots.

Another 0.2 miles north along the Fire Road brought us to the fourth, and most likely, highpoint area for Clarke County. This area is a distinct hill with a bare grassy top. The map shows a benchmark "Paris", but all we found was a witness marker in the brush a few feet from the meadow. Nevertheless, the elevation reading of 1,935 (20-foot contours) makes this area a strong candidate for the Clarke highpoint. Satisfied, we returned to our car and drove back down to Beth's folks' house for a great Thanksgiving meal.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:1905 ft / 580 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country



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