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Ascent of Exodus Hill on 2019-07-23

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Exodus Hill
    Location:USA-Michigan
    Elevation:1214 ft / 370 m

Ascent Trip Report

370. CoHP – GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, MICHIGAN
1214+ ft.

Tuesday, 7/23/2019

After my visit to the Leelanau County winery HP, I had time for one more visit before I called the day done. I followed Schuler’s trip report to 6764 Barney Road, home of the Fewens family.

As I was driving up the long drive from Barney Road, I noted that a farm road veered off to the left and looked to head uphill as much as the target area. So I made a decision to follow that road to see what I could see. As it crested the top of the hill, I noted a significant hill rising to my left. It was planted in low soybeans – only about ankle high due to the summer season’s rain and other complicating factors I supposed. As I continued along the road, I encountered two people who were out for a walk. I explained my reason for being there, and I asked if they knew about the highpoint of Grand Traverse County.

They were familiar with it; in fact, as fate would have it, the people I met were Mr. and Mrs. Fewens! They gave me permission to return to their house to visit the traditional spot that was reported by Schuler. They also did not think the neighbor would mind if I made a brief visit to the top of the soybeans to see what things looked like from that vantage. I climbed the bean hill, and then I looked eastward toward the HP region. I could not see much difference. Looking at the topo map later, I noted a spot elevation of 1199ft. marked the bean hill. The HP contour, by comparison, had a spot elevation of 1216ft.

I found a place to turn around at a barn building down the road, and I returned to the Fewens’ house, or so I thought. When I got out of the car, I was approached by a woman. I told her I had been granted permission to park there to visit the HP area. She said that should be okay, and I wandered to the back of her property and up the hill to the HP contour that was about 500ft away. I trod around long enough to satisfy myself that I had been to the top, and I returned to my car. From here, it was also easy to see the farm field to the west, though I was not able to make any comparison between this spot and the bean hill.

It was at this time that I noted my embarrassing error. There are two homes side by side; the Fewens live in the right house, and I had parked at the left house. After I realized the confusion, I explained it to the lady who was still in her yard. Not to worry, she said. The Fewens that I spoke to originally is her brother, and they all get along fine.

As I drove away, Mr. Fewens was on his lawn tractor doing some lawn mowing. I waved and shouted, “Thank you!”, and Grand Traverse County was done.
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