Ascent of Lauderdale County High Point on 2010-10-08

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Friday, October 8, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lauderdale County High Point
    Elevation:920 ft / 280 m

Ascent Trip Report

920+ ft.

Friday, 10/8/2010

Following the completion of Union County, Mississippi, the group made a change in plans. First stop was a gas station/convenience store for some refreshments. We decided to forego attempts and completion of the multi-contoured Tippah County. Instead, we set our sights on some other nearby counties. Next up for us was Lauderdale County, Alabama. Since Mike Schwartz had already visited the new counties of interest, he left our vehicle and joined the Oesers and others in Ken’s car. They went their separate way (back to the HQ?), and we headed for our next stop. The six in our car were now Roy, Denis, Dave, Kip, Fred, and myself.

Lauderdale County is an easy, near drive-up at each of its two contour candidates. The first stop was in a large mowed field near an apparently newly-constructed home. The home appeared vacant as we approached, but we decided to stay on the road and park near some woods as the road turned from west to north. We parked, hiked through the brief woods and into the open field. We hiked up the hill and quickly visited all the highest spots. On the way back to the car, we were stopped by a man who said he knew the home owners. When we explained why we were there, he was accepting of our response. He then told us he was a game warden (or some similar kind of job), and he wished us well

From contour #1, it is just a short trip up the road that turned north to contour #2. You could probably Martinize this one with the proper eyesight and planning. But we parked the car, got out, and were immediately greeted by a barking dog at the nearby house. We quickly touched all highest ground and called it a completed county. This county was completed by following the trip report of, surprise, Ken Oeser. Not counting driving time, I had recorded the total trip as about 1/2 - 3/4 miles, negligible total gain, and negligible time.
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