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

Climber: Heather Hasch

Others in Party:Fred Lobdell
Date:Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ripley County High Point
    Elevation:1060 ft / 323 m

Ascent Trip Report

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Wednesday, 8/14/2013

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From the Dearborn County highpoint, we backtracked to Ripley County's highpoint.
We were once again greeted by the "beagle doorbell", and this time the
"doorbell" yielded results. Shortly after we pulled in, a man came outside and
told the dog to quiet down.

Fred and I introduced ourselves to the man, and he confirmed that he was the
owner. We forgot to ask his name. We chatted briefly about his farm. A sign
in the front yard advertises this farm as an "Indiana Homestead Farm". From
other previous farming excursions, I recognized this sign to mean that this farm
has been in the hands of the same family for over 100 years. The tractors that
line the front yard are just several the owner has collected over the years as a
hobby. We talked about farming and crops, and he told us that he also farms
several hundred acres in the area. He likes soy beans and told us he will
probably never plant corn again. He didn't say why. We agreed that this year
the soy beans look particularly nice, and the weather conditions might deliver
records at the harvest.

We explained our reason for the visit, and he graciously permitted us to enter
the pasture to visit the highpoint. Similar to what he told Levi Foust before
us, he said the highpoint was near the windmill that was near the front of the
pasture. He also told us the cows should not be a problem; they would probably
run the other way rather than come toward us.

I returned to my car to get my camera, and I made a startling discovery. My
camera was missing! I looked all over the car, but it was never found.
Apparently, I had absent-mindedly left it on the hood or roof of my car and then
driven off from some previous parking spot. I last remember using it on Poplar
Ridge. Drat! It was a medium-priced digital that can be replaced. But I
kicked myself all the way home over how I allowed such a thing to happen.

Fred and I entered the pasture, and the cows were far away, under some large
shade trees. We were unencumbered on our trip to the windmill. Soon, however,
we got the attention of the cows. As we walked over to the north side of the
pasture, which I thought also had high ground, the cows got closer. But they
never got close enough to cause us to walk amongst them. We exited the pasture,
another cow summit completed.

It was mid-afternoon, but Fred and I decided to part ways. He had some other
agenda items for the day, items that would take him south toward Kentucky. I
decided to return north toward home. Overall, the day was satisfying. Of the 5
counties visited, 4 counties were completed, and 1 county was 3/7 completed
with progress halted by crops in the field. Just don't expect me to share any
photos of the journey.
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