Ascent of Ohio County High Point on 2013-08-14
|Others in Party:||Fred Lobdell|
|Date:||Wednesday, August 14, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Ohio County High Point|
| Elevation:||920 ft / 280 m|
Ascent Trip ReportCoHP – OHIO COUNTY, INDIANA
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We began the day in Ohio, and then moved on to Switzerland, Jefferson and
Dearborn. We finished by throwing in Ripley, believe it or not. Were we on a
whirlwind trip for jetsetters? No. This was just another day in Indiana.
Fred Lobdell was in the area on other business, and he had set aside a day to do
some Indiana CoHPs. I was able to get away from work, and he graciously
consented to having me along. We had sights on additional county targets, but
the agricultural reality that is Indiana in the summertime blocked those
efforts. Following are a few notes on the excursion.
It is worth noting that the HP contours for Ohio County, Switzerland County, and
Jefferson County are in the same general cluster. Future visitors should plan
to visit all 3 counties if their schedule and the crop conditions permit it.
Similarly, the HP contours for Ripley County and Dearborn County are within a
couple miles of each other. Future visitors should plan to visit both of these
counties if their schedule permits it.
From the eastern intersection of US 50 and US 421 in Versailles, IN, travel
south on US 421, and in about 0.5mi turn left(southeast) onto IN 129. Follow IN
129 south for about 12.2mi, and turn left (southeast) onto Pleasant Grove Rd.
After about 0.4mi, turn left (east) onto Aaron Rd. In another 0.8mi, turn left
(northeast) onto Knigga Rd. You will follow this road northeast about 1.4mi to
the destination at the intersection with an unnamed gravel road that heads to
the north. Knigga Rd. is renamed Aberdeen Rd for those who continue travel
east. Find a place to park at this intersection.
The northwest quadrant at this intersection is Ohio County; the other three
quadrants are in Switzerland County. The target contour begins immediately at
the intersection and continues north, with an easterly bump out into the farm
field. Fred and I were fortunate to find the field fallow this year, so we
could see the entire contour without the encumbrance of crops.
At the intersection of the two roads, the ground makes a distinct climb in
elevation. There is a barbed wire fence running along the gravel road, so we
walked north looking for a good place to enter the field. About 100ft north of
the intersection, we found our entry spot. We climbed the bank at this point,
and our final observation was that we were standing on the highest ground. We
scanned the field to the east and the fence line to the north and south and
reached this conclusion by consensus of eyeballs. Land appeared to drop off in
all directions, and we invite future visitors to form their own conclusions.
All slopes were gentle once we climbed the 6ft bank from the road.
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