Ascent of Richland County High Point on 2014-05-31

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Artski
Date:Saturday, May 31, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Motorcycle
Peak:Richland County High Point
    Elevation:1300 ft / 396 m

Ascent Trip Report

New LiDAR data from the state helps narrow down the 1280' contours of Richland County. The northernmost contour, the largest one near the tripoint of Richland, Vernon, and Sauk Counties is the highest at 1312'. The second highest is the Pleasant Ridge contour off of Plainview Lane at 1310'. I felt that these two were worth visiting and we skipped the rest. We had, however, already visited the NW contour on county A which LiDAR brought in at 1307'. The contour south of the big tripoint one on Shields Road came in at 1303', the next to the south at 1308', and the southernmost of that group at 1297'. The two to the east of the big contour were 1298' for the west and 1305' for the easternmost.

We first rode to Plainview Lane after seeing many many Amish out and about. There was lots of waving going on. At the Plainview house we met Gerald Wendorf, who was proud of his highpoint. We pet the dogs and cats and then he walked with us up a field road and on the edge of a corn and alfalfa field before we turned into the alfalfa field and easily found a spot to top out. The views stretch very far, with a decent view to the east and a view nearly to the Mississippi to the west. On the way back down we met Gerald's son Jeff and his grandson Justin who were both nice guys. We learned that a strange silo to the north of here on A is actually a gazebo built on a octagonal silo which may have the best view in the county.

Then we rode to County V and the farm of the highest LiDAR point (1312'). We parked at the farm driveway and a man pulled up immediately in his pickup. He told us to have fun going to the top, but he also wanted to fill us in on all the excitement of the farm this year. His nephew was driving a tractor and planting soybeans in the field just inches south of the highpoint, but come the Fourth of July the corn will be taller than the boy. It was an easy walk from the house up a dirt track 100' to a green gate that led to an unplanted field with the highpoint at the fenceline. The fenceline was the highest right next to a sinkhole that was clogged with a cow that died of the winter which was stinkin' to high heaven. The man thought that the sinkhole linked up with caves that go down to Hub City. He told us to stop by again if ever we were in the area. This might be the friendliest county in the state!

Pleasant Ridge: 10min up 10min back. Marble Ridge: 5min up 5min back
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:60 ft / 18 m
    Total Elevation Loss:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:60 ft / 18 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 30 ft / 9 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Loss on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Start Trailhead:1270 ft / 387 m
    Time:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    End Trailhead:1280 ft / 390 m
    Time:15 Minutes

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