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

Climber: John Hasch

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, July 14, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Clark County High Point
    Elevation:1305 ft / 397 m

Ascent Trip Report

1,305+ ft.

Thursday, 7/14/2011

The last stop of this day took me to a radio tower complex sitting atop a field in Clark County. Two approaches were described in prior trip reports, and I chose to park at the locked gate that blocks the access road from casual access. My drive to the HP took me past the second, field-crossing approach, and I agreed that approach would be just as easy.

It was getting dark, and I took a flashlight just in case daylight vanished. Actually, there was not much danger of that; the short access road was only about a quarter mile long. But it’s always good to be prepared, just in case. I hiked the two-track road that was surrounded and filled in the middle with waist-high grass. Near the towers, I noted that the fence was covered on all sides by gravel of medium coarseness. I walked around the entire fence line, and I walked around a second time stepping into the taller grasses to step on any high ground that interested me. With nothing much interesting here, I returned to my car. As I approached the gate in front of the vehicle, I noticed that there was no fence to accompany the gate. The gate was there to block traffic, but one could easily walk AROUND the gate! I did just that, got in my car, and drove away.

Overall, I was pleased with the progress I had made today. The farm fields had only blocked me in one county, so I saw success in 6 of the 7 counties I hoped to complete. CAUTION: When I parked for the end of the day, I noted 3-4 ticks had hitched a ride with me. I threw them out of the car, and I found one straggler a couple days later after I had returned home. The most likely source, in my mind, was the grasses of Clark County. Trip statistics: Time in the field: about 14 minutes. Total distance hiked: about 0.60mi. GPS readings: maxed out in the 1280 range.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
A perfect day

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