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Ascent of Greenwood County High Point on 2020-02-01

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Saturday, February 1, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Greenwood County High Point
    Location:USA-South Carolina
    Elevation:730 ft / 222 m

Ascent Trip Report

Xcountry/whack to 2 areas ... 1 mile, 45 minutes RT.

PB shows 5 candidate areas, the 3 northern ones in the Lumber Yard have been ruled out.

The entered TR are just fine and is all one needs, I came away with perhaps a different conclusion - the southeastern Area #4 being the highest. All hiking distances and elevations are estimates only, and I've numbered the Areas a la PB.

Rose and I first drove into the grounds of the messy looking Lumber Yard, and I agree that there is no natural ground here. I provide detail for the 2 southern AREAs #3 & 4.

From the Hwy#178 we went east on Old Shoal JCT Rd .2 miles to a right turn on Cal Robinson Road and at .3 miles southeast parked at the Power Line R-O-W - my TH for both southern Areas (34.35506,-82.29885).
There are 2 Power Lines here, one running generally N-S and another E-W, providing easy access to these 2 Areas.

AREA #4 (34.35614,-82.29707) is to the east at 200 yds. I walked the power line R-O-W to its crest at a nice N-S ridge with the HP. Nothing obvious, a hunters stand is near-by.

AREA #3 (34.35819,-82.29881)
This Area is 4oo yds north of my TH inside the woods, in a messy/junky looking abandoned area - full of residential remnants (broken buildings, cars, trucks, trailers, junk). The area has all been disturbed with no identifiable natural ground. I spent a good amount of time looking for natural ground, finally picking a spot near an orange trailer.

I did my best to identify the highest Area, with the prize going to #4 - a nice undisturbed ridge.

I should note that #3 can be easily accessed from Old Shoal JCT Road. From Cal Robinson drive east on Old Shoal JCT for .2 miles to a dirt driveway on right right at the N-S Power Line. This driveway leads southeast 200 yds to this messy area.

Today we took in a whole bunch of easy COHP with the best for outstanding views being Union County High Point (see Tom Layton's TR for details), however the most interesting was Big Knob (Laurens COHP) with its rocky outcrops.

"CAROLINA WAS SETTLED AS AN ENGLISH COLONY FROM 1670 WITH THE NAME DERIVING FROM THE LATIN FOR CHARLES, AFTER KING CHARLES 1. THE COLONY WAS DIVIDED INTO NORTH AND SOUTH IN 1712.
SOUTH CAROLINA WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL THIRTEEN COLONIES AND ALSO ONE OF THE ORIGINAL US PLANTATION STATES ASSOCIATED WITH SLAVERY."





Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:90 ft / 27 m
    Total Elevation Loss:90 ft / 27 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.7 mi / 1.2 km
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:60 ft / 18 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 30 ft / 9 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Loss on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:xcountry/whack to 2 areas
    Start Trailhead:Cal Robison Road  700 ft / 213 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:60 ft / 18 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 30 ft / 9 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:2 areas are contenders
    End Trailhead:Cal Robison Road  700 ft / 213 m



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