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Ascent of Sumter County High Point on 2019-03-04

Climber: Dave Covill

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, March 4, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sumter County High Point
    Location:USA-Florida
    Elevation:150 ft / 45 m

Ascent Trip Report

Visited 3 new points identified via LIDAR recently. All required some owner interaction.

Northern spot centered on NE 190th street sandy lane is two or three feet lower than the southern one located forty feet west of the lane and near a fenceline between two homes. I visited the right-hand (N) home, got permission to walk to the high ground and take a photo near a tree. Left a penny in the crotch of the tree at head height. Higher in this yard than the one to the left (S). This yard has an electric gate, push button and walk to the door a hundred feet. Nice lady. Large 145' contour on map jives with flat ground observed. Good chance lidar is spot on at 149'. Road is NE190th st, but labelled Cherry Lake rd northward from the corner with Lake Ella rd where it is paved.

Third spot is far to the south, and lies several miles south of the turnpike. Turn in to Austin Merritt road and ignore private signs and drive around a corner a couple hundred feet to a house and barn complex. Rancher was very friendly and allowed me to drive north on his ranch road through a gate and veer right (due N) along the unnamed county line road, under the power lines. Proceed to obvious highest ground, just past a huge transmission tower. Look for first of three trees on east side of road with coin stuck in at head height. Seems natural, and up a few feet from where the contour indicates 145'. Of note is that 150' contour comes within a few feet of the county line. It was apparent that the land slopes gently uphill eastward to the right. I would say that 149' is accurate here, and jives with the lidar analysis. This is the likely cohp, but both should be visited, as the trees may have obscured the true elevation at the northern area.

I visited the quarry area while I was there. There is now a golf course that completely surrounds it. The boundary of the quarry is bermed up on all sides, and planted with trees and shrubs, which disguise a fence. Lidar analysis indicates that the edge is 145' or lower. I snuck up amidst a few golfers at the SW corner, and no ground within seemed higher than the edge, but hard to see. The satellite map now indicates a landfill as well as a quarry. I drove past the entrance on the north side, but the sign there did not indicate that. There may be a separate entrance for that on the east side?
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