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Ascent of Lyle Mountain on 2008-05-16

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Friday, May 16, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lyle Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:780 ft / 237 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Appomattox, I followed US-460 to Pamplin City, then south along VA-47 to local County Roads 691 and 662 to the highpoint. The road bisects the “summit”, on which sits the Lyle Mountain Baptist Church. I parked near a tower pull-out and walked back to a small hill near the church entrance. And on that hill, believe it or not, is a benchmark. I’m sure the church people get a kick out of it, too. There is a small sign for "Lyle Mountain Church" on VA-47 just before the first turnoff.

There was some slight drama. I had pulled onto a side road to snap a photograph but had inadvertently parked right near what I thought was a side gravel road but was in fact someone’s driveway. They came out to go about their business for the day in their truck, but stopped to watch me, wondering what I was up to. They didn’t get moving until I did, so I drove away in the wrong direction for a few minutes until I knew they were gone, then drove back.

I returned to Buena Vista arriving back at the hotel about 10:30 a.m., with Beth still fast asleep. She never had a clue I was gone, other than I told her the night before. Good idea, I thought, so I lay down and caught some extra shut-eye myself.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5 ft / 1 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Trailhead:775 ft / 236 m



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