Ascent of Ash Ridge Benchmark 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:Ash Ridge Benchmark
    Elevation:1090 ft / 332 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ash Ridge Benchmark
1,096 ft.

Thursday, 7/14/2011

Satisfied that I had done all I could in Clermont County, I set my GPS and made my way to my next target, Brown County. I arrived in the area that looked familiar based on the Bob Schwab trip report, and I turned onto the drive at the gray house that sits in front of the HP ridge, identified as #8642 by the numbers near the front door.

I knocked at the front door to seek permission to hike, and I was soon greeted by a middle-aged woman. I introduced myself and told her of my desires to hike to the HP in the field behind her house. I asked if she was Stacy, and she said no. I asked if she knew who owned the high ground, and she said yes and pointed to the farm down the road. I asked if she knew that the ground behind her was the highest in the county, and once again she said yes. This new homeowner was obviously already aware of the lore of the HP ridge, and she agreed to let me hike to the land from her property.

Once again, the farm fields here were covered in ankle-high soy beans, so the hike into the fields was doable with care to step on as few bean plants as possible. The HP ridge is obvious as you look at the land from the “trailhead”. I walked due south from the house to the ridge and wandered around, looking to step on the highest ground and maybe even find the BM. The highest ground was found to be in the vicinity of (directly under) the electric transmission lines that passed overhead. I had no success in finding the BM, which I suppose has long since disappeared due to the farming of the fields.

I walked back to the house and found the owner on her lawn tractor, mowing her vast acreage. I was greeted by an elderly dog who did not accept my offer to be petted. I got in my car, waved goodbye to the lady on the tractor, and headed off for my next stop. Trip statistics: Time in the field: about 20 minutes. Total distance hiked: about 0.55mi. GPS readings: maxed out in the 1113-1115 range.
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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