Ascent of Montgomery County High Point on 2011-07-14

Climber: John Hasch

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, July 14, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Montgomery County High Point
    Elevation:1090 ft / 332 m

Ascent Trip Report

1,090+ ft.

Thursday, 7/14/2011

I packed and got away from home late Wednesday night as planned. I set off to visit several Ohio county HP’s on my way to the OH-’11 Highpointer’s Konvention. I was aware that some of the contours in agricultural counties might not be accessible due to crops, but I could scout the region even if I failed to do all the HP targets.

My attendance at the HP Konvention was in doubt until just a few days ago. This was my first trip in my new (to me) 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. My truck’s transmission had died about a month ago, and I decided it was time for a change. I had made the decision to purchase the jeep the Saturday before, so this was the maiden journey to learn new details about my new ride.

The trip had to be ruled a success. On Wednesday, I successfully summitted 6 of the 7 new counties attempted, and I had partial success on the other county. On Saturday, I was successful in two more counties, for a total of 8 counties that all joined my home glob. The 8 new OH counties were, ordered by completion:
Montgomery, Hamilton, Clermont, Brown, Warren, and Clark on Thursday, 7/14/11;
Champaign and Miami on Saturday, 7/16/11

The partial completion was in Butler County on Thursday, 7/14/11.

Montgomery County
I drove through the night to arrive in Dayton, OH around 3:30am. I searched for and found a local Wal-Mart parking lot because I knew them to be friendly to transient vehicles/campers. I awoke around 6:30am to begin the day’s activities. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was now only about 4 miles away from my first HP target, the Montgomery County HP that is found in the back yard in the Dayton suburban community of Kettering, OH. I visited the local McDonald’s to buy breakfast and brush my teeth before the first stop.

I set my GPS to the HP coordinates and followed its instructions that matched the previous trip reports. Driving on David Road, Acreview Street and Eagledale Circle, I watched for house number “788”. I drove past the house west to the cul-de-sac to survey the land near the water towers behind the houses to my right. It was about 7:30am when I parked and walked to the front door of “788” to seek permission to visit their back yard and the HP area.

I rang the doorbell and was greeted by a man after the second ring. I introduced myself and apologized in the event that I had awakened him at this early hour. He told me he was up as he had just sent his wife off to work. I told him I was a highpointer seeking permission to enter his back yard. At that point, he cut me off mid-sentence and waved as he told me the benchmark was near the shed. I thanked him and set off to collect this urban highpoint. Apparently, he is used to (us) highpoint nuts, and he is accepting of our need to conquer.

As expected, near his shed, I found a large orange, plastic upright survey marker standing over the BM. At first, I could not read it, but I recognized the brass disk. I took out my handkerchief, spat upon it, and wiped the BM clean. After that effort, I could read the BM title as “Kauffman 2, 1960”. I had left my camera in the car, and I regret not retrieving it to take photos of the BM and surrounding area.

As stated in other trip reports, the higher ground was clearly in the neighboring back yard. I hopped the sturdy concrete and beam-constructed wooden fence before I noticed a gate that was farther west under a telephone pole and near another orange survey marker. Future visitors should use the gate, as this one should have since it was noted in earlier trip reports! I stepped on the highest ground and was back over the fence in a short time. I visited the second survey marker but did not see anything that it was marking. I believe this area contains the Kauffman 2 reference marker 3 based on BM datasheet descriptions. I investigated a hard rectangular object in the grass near the marker but concluded it was a brick rather than some kind of survey setting.

Back at my car, I decided to walk down the street to eyeball the ground in the back yards near the water tower. Contrary to what was told to Mike Schwartz by local homeowners, I believe the berm is uniform in height and man-made as some kind of barrier/retention dike. I noted that the berm exists behind the homes on both Eagledale and Acreview roads, and I do not think future visitors need to consider this as a HP candidate.

I returned to David Road and drove around the block to the street whose backyard contained the HP contour. This investigation confirmed that the address of the Montgomery County HP was 641 Stonybrook Drive.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
A perfect day

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