Ascent of Hendricks County High Point on 2007-12-13

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Thursday, December 13, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hendricks County High Point
    Elevation:1030 ft / 313 m

Ascent Trip Report

1030+ ft.
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Thursday, 12/13/2007

This HP was actually completed in two days. I was in the Indianapolis area attending CPE classes for my profession. The three-day course ended Wednesday afternoon around 4:00pm. Using the Bob Schwab trip report, I decided to begin by driving to HP area #1. I arrived at the AT&T towers and was duly impressed. These were two of the tallest, most unique towers I had ever seen in person. Seeing no trespassing signs, I parked near the road and set off to visit area 1. Contour 1 is a large, long contour that extends northwest toward contour 2. I performed extensive walking over the entire contours since I knew I would run out of daylight and have to visit other contours tomorrow. Total hike was about 1.94 miles, which I completed in about 45 minutes. Temperature was in the 30’s, still, and pleasant

Contours 1 and 2:
I began by hiking west into the extremely muddy, corn-harvested field, passing over two bumps that appeared to be the highest. Turning northwest to approach the second farm, I agree with Bob that the area near the farm was a HP candidate. No one was home, so I made a quick trip over/through fences to the highest grounds. From here, I hiked down the drive to the road. I continued northwest along the road to a second communication tower to the left, which also sat on high ground. I then continued along the road to a high crest in the road, near a telephone pole on the south side. To exhaust the likely candidates in contour 1, I continued along the road to reach the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Looking around, I walked over all the likely HP candidates.

I continued northwest along the road to where the road bends to the north, at the Pruett Livestock home, #3082. This is probably the prominent brick home referred to by Bob Schwab and sits on some of the high ground in this immediate area. I hiked along the road a short bit further before turning to return to my car.

On the way back, I noted a lot of Christmas lights (it was getting dark by now) on the first home northwest of the AT&T tower, a neighbor to the farm #2 HP candidate. It was, indeed, the Christmas season.

Please note that this road, State Road 236, was extremely narrow but busy. While walking along the road, I was constantly on the watch for oncoming traffic.

Contour 3:
I followed the Schwab directions to the long driveway that passes through contour 3. As I drove up the lane, I noted that the surrounding land sloped up to put the house at the highest elevation of the contour. I knocked at the door, but no one was home. I quickly wandered about the front, side, and back yards. Pick your favorite spot, which to me was in the drive near the house, and call this one done. Drive away and park at the turnoff east of the road near the tower that can be seen easily from this property.

Contours 4 and 5:
From the parking spot, I hiked due west to the first bump in the field, then northwest toward the cemetery. From here, it was northwest to the woods edge, then west to a second field. Cross through a woodsy divider and fence and head northwest over all interesting bumps. I went as far as the power lines visibly nearby, looked around, then continued north to a 3rd farm field. This completed the visit to contour 5. I then came back to the southeast to the HP located by Bob’s GPS reference, contour 4. This spot is located in the field due north of the entrance into field #2. On my way back to my car, I wandered a bit more extensively through the cemetery area.

This concluded my visit to the HP candidates of Hendricks county. But my business here was not done. This county is home to Tri-West (Hendricks) High School, the team that defeated my alma mater in our first football state championship game, in 2003. Being this close to the trophy that could have been ours, I had to complete this trip to Mecca.

The high school was up the road about 10-15 miles. I arrived, signed in at the main office, and then wandered the halls to the gymnasium. Trophies lined the halls, but I eventually came to THE ONE. A fine wooden plaque cut in the shape of Indiana, the award was also adorned with a Heisman-like football player. My visit complete, I left the high school in pursuit of adjoining counties and HPs.

Trivia: Tri-West went on to complete a two-pete by successfully defending their state title the following year, 2004. Two years later, I was present when my alma mater got the job done, winning the Class 2A title in Indiana football. The feat pleased one CoHPer who served as the offensive captain of the first win is school history 33 years ago.
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