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Ascent of Wells County High Point on 2007-04-26

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Thursday, April 26, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wells County High Point
    Location:USA-Indiana
    Elevation:935 ft / 284 m

Ascent Trip Report

Thursday, 4/26/2007

A funny thing happened on the way to the trip report. I was driving down the interstate, and I had windows down on both sides of my air-conditioner-less car. The winds got to swirling around inside, and the next thing I know, papers are flying out the window! Investigation determined that my Wells County trip report notes are now somewhere on the side of the highway or being run over by 18-wheeler. So I will recreate the notes from memory, aided by Topozone and DeLorme’s.

It was a dark and stormy day, common to this time of year and experienced by Bob Schwab when he visited about the same time six years earlier. My approach to the HP was from the Fort Wayne area, and this was the first of three HP’s completed on this day. Later, I would successfully reach the high points in Blackford and Grant counties.

From Fort Wayne, I traveled south on IN 1 through the communities of Ossian, Bluffton (the Wells County seat), Petroleum, and Nottingham. I did not pause in the latter to see if Robin Hood or the Sheriff were in town that day.

Somewhere south of Petroleum, I noted that IN 1 is also known as CR 360E. This was useful in determining the distance I traveled to get to the HP. South of Nottingham, I arrived at CR 1200S, a/k/a CR 900N. This was the Wells/Jay county line. I turned right (west) as I neared the HP.

I passed two roads to the north and two roads to the south. The northern roads were CR 300E and CR 200E in Wells County. The southern roads were CR 950W and CR 1050W in Jay County. A short while later, I noted the mailbox across from a house on the left – 11115W 900N, a Jay County address consistent with the location of the house. I decided to turn around and park on the south (Jay County) side of the road a bit east of the home.

Knowing that IN 1 is also CR 360E, I concluded that the HP lies 2 miles to the west.

I did not delay very long. The skies were black, there were tornado watches out, and it was sprinkling. I looked out into the fields and trekked due north to the northernmost point. This high contour was actually NE of the reference home, farther east than it appears in the topo map. From here, I turned and hiked south to area #2. Finally, I hiked SW toward the home to arrive at the largest contour that was near the road. I wandered around inside the contour to be sure I visited each likely high spot.

My belief is that the northernmost contour contains the HP, but I encourage visitors to come and visit each area to decide for themselves.
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