Ascent of Arkansas County High Point on 2010-10-06

Climber: John Hasch

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Arkansas County High Point
    Elevation:225 ft / 68 m

Ascent Trip Report

225+ ft.

Wednesday, 10/6/2010

To bag the Arkansas county HPs requires more than a trip to Mount Magazine. Logan County may have the highest elevation in Arkansas, but Arkansas also has Arkansas County. To bag the Arkansas County HPs requires a trip to the two candidates in Arkansas County. My day started off with the Arkansas HP and ended with the two Arkansas County HPs. Are you confused yet?

It was getting dark, and I knew my dash to Arkansas County would be close on the sunlight. I followed prior trip reports and got to Arkansas County with a moderate amount of light. I made my way to the first HP candidate, the northernmost contour that now contains a house and other buildings. As I drove up the lane toward the house, I noted a woman standing in the front yard. I stopped my truck and introduced myself. I told her why I was there; she recalled meeting someone a few years ago (obviously not Hans) was very accommodating; she walked me over to the fence line and showed me where the well used to be. A slight depression could be seen there. I walked along the fence line, satisfied myself that I had stepped on the highest dirt, and thanked her for her hospitality. I believe the land near the fence is higher than the land in the center of the round drive that was referred to by Hans. I returned to my truck and drove to contour #2.

The two HPs are near each other but are separated by a large pond/lagoon that makes foot access impractical. The contour is located in a farm field that was full of drying soy beans that looked ready to harvest. I wandered around the beans for perhaps 15 minutes to step on every high bump I thought might be candidates for the highest. As daylight was running out, I returned to the truck. I could now truly say I had been to the top of Arkansas today – first to the state HP and then to the two contours of Arkansas County.

From my truck, I made a phone call to a hiking buddy who was also working his way toward the MS Konvention. An option for tomorrow was to join him on his day’s adventures. Sitting in total darkness – there are no lights near this Arkansas farm field – I decided to press on in pursuit of my state HP goal of visiting Florida and Alabama.

When I planned the trip, I was not sure whether I could do these two before the Konvention. But my status at the end of today made that a reasonable possibility. Tomorrow would be a long day of driving to visit some remote HPs and then arrive at the Konvention site. But visiting them before was better than putting them off until after the Konvention. So I decided to give it a try.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:20 ft / 5 m
    Extra Gain:5 ft / 1 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Wandering around the soy beans
    Trailhead:Truck parked near HP  215 ft / 65 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:8 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:7 Minutes

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