Ascent of Butler County High Point on 2014-04-20

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Sunday, April 20, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Butler County High Point
    Elevation:1050 ft / 320 m

Ascent Trip Report

1,050+ ft.
Thursday, 7/14/2011

Leaving the College Corners tri-county point, I headed SE on US27 toward Oxford, OH, home of Miami University. This school has a famed football history, noted for sending numerous notable head football coaches to the NFL. Its most famous playing graduate was probably Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Rothlesberger.

Before entering Oxford, I turned north on Todd Road to visit the two northern contours. To my disappointment, both contours were covered with maturing corn, and I decided not to enter the fields to visit them. These two will be easy to get in the fall after the corn has been harvested. I turned around at the gate of the military reservation. Wow! Can you say “run-down”? This establishment contained many structures that were rusty and in disrepair, and the entire area was overgrown with detestable grasses and weeds. Nonetheless, the entire area was surrounded by barbed-wire chain-link fence that was also rusty. I wonder when any military person last set foot on this ground?

Since I never attempted to complete the two contours, this was not a failed attempt. I merely chalked it up as an exploratory trip to see what the environment looked like.

I drove back to Hwy 27, and I spied the first of 5 deer I would see on this trip. This one was a nice buck (3-4 points on each antler) wanting to cross the road in front of me. Deterred by my presence, he turned and ran back into the cornfield.

I continued to Riggs Road and the third of the county’s three HP candidates. Noting that prior trip reports had said the HP was probably in the middle of the road, I looked ahead and behind and found myself alone. This was a perfect environment for my first “Martinizing” of a HP. I slowed my speed, opened the door, and stuck my foot out. I dragged it for about 50 feet as I passed over the HP area.

Ashamedly, I then parked the car along the side of the road. I wanted to walk parts of the rather large contour to declare that I had indeed investigated for other possible higher ground. Finding none, I declared this contour “climbed” after about 5 minutes of legwork. Sadly, this first Martininzing effort did not gain me a new green county; I must return and visit the other two contours before Butler County can be “bagged”. A clean Martinizing will have to come in another county on another day.

1,257 ft.

Sunday, 4/20/2014

I picked today to return to do some HPing in the Cincinnati area. I planned to visit the two remaining (of the three total) HP candidates in Butler County, OH. It was Easter Sunday. I had previously done the lone, remote drive-over point back on 7/14/2011 on my way to the Ohio Konvention. But the two remaining points were covered with corn at that time.

The Indiana state HP, Hoosier Hill, was not too far out of the way. So I made a quick side trip to visit that site. I saw two locals there, and the site was mostly unchanged from the last time I had visited. In earlier years, I had visited this site, so I just wanted to stop to see what its condition was. I signed the guestbook and I returned to my car to continue the trip.

I continued on to the Butler CoHP. I drove to Todd Road and parked at the former military installation driveway. I hiked south around the fence along Todd Road and entered the farm field to the west behind the nearby home. The field now consisted of harvested corn stubble. The two highpoint candidates were apparent, but I had my GPS programmed just in case. I walked over the first, nearby HP and then continued across the field SW to reach the intersection of the two fence lines. I crossed the fence to the field inside, and I wandered over all apparent high ground. No markers were found for the spot elevation.

I walked back to my car and made a few notes. Total hike was less than 1.5mi. I then looked under my car for oil. While traveling to the site, I flew over a hill in the road. My car bottomed out, and I wondered if damage had occurred. To my dismay, I found a small puddle of oil together with a noticeable drop on the oil pan.

I decided to cut my day short and return home. So the day ended with only one new CoHP. Later, I found that the oil pan had an abrasion from the impact with the ground, and the oil was seeping out of the oil pan itself. The leak is slow enough that I can tolerate it, but the oil pan needs to be replaced.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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