Ascent of Richardson County High Point on 2020-01-05

Climber: Jeremy Fuerst

Date:Sunday, January 5, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Richardson County High Point
    Elevation:1310 ft / 399 m

Ascent Trip Report

This day's itinerary took me to the very tedious county high points of Richardson, Pawnee, Marshall (KS), Jefferson, and Republic (KS).

I hit these areas from west to east; all of them are within the windmill area. For the first 3 clustered together, I crawled over a barbed-wire fence and walked to each of the coordinates, then back to my car. Nothing remarkable.

For the eastern point, I drove a little farther up the road where a chained, but not locked, gate waited. I unchained the gate, drove through, and chained it shut again. Driving east from there, I met with a significant mud puddle that was fun to slosh through (I was driving a rental after all), and then partway up the short hill I met a 2nd gate -- also chained but not locked. Here, though, was a no trespassing sign, which was just enough to lead me to park and walk from here. I figured I would get in less trouble if caught on foot. From here it was 1/3-1/2 mile walk up the road. It seems to me as if the high point here is more on the road than right by the windmill where the coordinates are, but the highest ground in the area is clearly by the fenceline just to the south. However I think since this is across the road it may be in Kansas? In any case I stomped over all areas and returned to the car.

from W to E; all in windmill area
-each of W 3 climbed over barbed wire fence
-gate to access E point, chained but not locked, drive through
-1/3 mi later 2nd gate also chained not locked but no trespassing sign led me to figure I may get in less trouble if caught on foot
-seems like high point could be right in rd or by windmill; though highest ground is by fence line to S; not sure if this is KS
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear

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