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

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Friday, October 8, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hardin County High Point
    Elevation:840 ft / 256 m

Ascent Trip Report

840+ ft.

Friday, 10/8/2010

With completed counties in Mississippi and Alabama, we set off for Hardin County, Tennessee to attempt the rarely-completed county highpoint trifecta – three states in a single day. Hardin County consists of three HP contours, and we followed the trip report of Mike Beavers to visit them all. We first visited contour #3, then #2 and finally #1.

We arrived at contour #3, and parked along-side the road. We found that this area was still a pasture. We carefully moved under and through the electric fence (no electricity flowing per my touching it several times). Then, it was up the hill, touch the highest ground in several places, and quickly back to the car. This was an easy conquest.

Contours #1 and 2 were a different story, but not for length of the hike. We arrived to see that the recently-logged state no longer existed. In fact, we found a somewhat-dense pine forest sitting on the triangular piece of land. We parked and visited #2 first. The trees were close together, and many sticker bushes were growing in this forest. We all gave our share of blood as we wandered around and touched the highest ground we could find.

We drove around the corner and parked near our understanding of #1. We entered the brush that was exactly the same as area #2. More blood, more scratches. With mission completed, we emerged out of the woods a short ways from the car. Fred had an accident coming off the hill. He fell in the road and strained/sprained his wrist. Nothing serious we hope. With Hardin County done, the trifecta was finished, and we could truthfully say we had hiked and completed HP’s in three different counties that day. From here, it was back to Konvention HQ for the Friday evening hot dog mixer/picnic. The change in plans had worked well for me as I was able to complete the last two counties with the others with relative ease and no recurrence of sickness. 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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