Ascent of Switzerland County High Point on 2013-08-14

Climber: John Hasch

Others in Party:Fred Lobdell
Date:Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Switzerland County High Point
    Elevation:981 ft / 299 m

Ascent Trip Report

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Wednesday, 8/14/2013

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From the Ohio County HP, backtrack to the intersection of Pleasant Grove Rd with
IN 129. From here, turn left (south). Drive about 0.7mi to an intersection
with Brushy Fork Rd to the west and Soapville Rd to the east. This is the "981"
intersection noted on the topo map.

The target is a single large contour that extends into all 4 quadrants
surrounding the intersection. We ruled out the northeast quadrant because it
was the smallest piece of the contour and because observation put its elevation
as being lower than the southeast quadrant.

The school shown on the topo map is no longer a school. Rather, the building
has been converted into a retail operation known as the "Old
School Cafe. Behind that building to the west is a small trailer park
of about 10-12 trailers. There is also a kid's playground that sits inside the
Pleasant Township County Park.

Fred and I wandered behind the trailers and stepped on all ground thought to be
highpoint contenders; other ground was ignored by inspection. From here, we
eyed the southwest quadrant and felt the ground made a gentle rise to the
manmade mound that hosted the flagpole and wooden bench mentioned by Levi Foust.
We also looked to the southeast quad. Fred walked over to the northern part of
this quad to get a reverse-angle view of the area. We agreed that there was no
apparent rise and ruled out this quad from highpoint contention. We returned to
our cars and moved them to the home where the mound was located.

The southwest quad is by far the largest portion of the contour and received
considerable wandering by Fred and me. Arrival at the home led us to conclude
that this property was some kind of recreational (private?) club. Many signs
were plastered on the outside walls of the building. We knocked, and we called
out, but no one answered. So Fred and I continued our journey without any
contact with the owner.

We made the obligatory climb of the 40ft manmade hill, and we viewed the ground
in all directions. The hill was probably formed with the dirt that was scooped
for a pond just northeast of the hill. At the base of the hill, we noted
several large hardwood trees, old enough to have probably preceded the hill.
There was no discernible rise from the trees to the farm fields that surrounded
the hill on 3 sides.

We then wandered the fields south and west of the hill, stepping on all
elevations of interest. As we walked south and approached the next home site,
we looked across IN 129 and maintained our assessment that the ground in the
southeast quad appeared to be lower. When we were satisfied that we had stepped
on all significant mounds, we called it done. Fred invoked what I recall he
called the "Schweiker rule" – if, when you are within a contour and make a
good-faith effort to visit all apparent mounds of contention, then you have
completed the contour. In accounting terms, if you have done your "due
diligence", then you are done. RECAP: Our belief is that the highest ground was
located just northeast of the artificial mound, the ground that could be seen
from the trailer area as we looked south toward the mound.
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