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Ascent of Gibson County High Point on 2015-01-04

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Sunday, January 4, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gibson County High Point
    Location:USA-Indiana
    Elevation:640 ft / 195 m

Ascent Trip Report

CoHP – GIBSON COUNTY, INDIANA
640+ ft.

Sunday, 1/4/2015

From the Owens County southern HP candidate, I made my way to Princeton. I followed Bob Schwab’s still-correct directions to Old Petersburg Road (referred to as Road 000 by Bob S.). I parked in the same inside-curve grassy spot that was described by Schwab.

From the parking spot, I headed due east up an embankment. I then trended in a NE direction along the brush line that was on the hill overlooking IN 65. I passed a tree and telephone pole, and I paused for a moment to investigate the ancient white tombstone that was resting just as Bob S. had found it years before.

The tall, white tombstone was faded in spots and difficult to read. But I believe I am correct in reading the inscription as:
Consort of
NANCY REED
BORN
July 4, 1808
DIED
July 4, 1842

I snapped a couple photos of the stone and then continued my trip up the hill. I found the highest ground to be along this brush line, near the back door of the nearby brick home. Since I was so close, I walked over to the back door and knocked. No one responded.

Back at my car, I drove to the second candidate, a short distance around the curve, to mailbox #1797 (listed as Kendle Box 177 by Bob S.). I pulled into the drive and found a place to park. I then walked to the door to seek permission to wander. A woman answered the door. I had been listening to the Colts’ playoff football game on the radio, and I asked if I was interrupting their viewing of the game. She jokingly responded that the kids had the TV for now, and her husband was taking a nap. She mentioned that she worked with a person whom she believed lived at the HP of nearby Warrick County. She gave me permission to hike north on her property. Then she also suggested that I hike west to examine the ridge behind her place. I thanked her and went on my way.

Hiking north took me past a trailered boat, a pink flamingo and a few other items. When the grass left and the brush began, it was just a short distance more until I had satisfied myself that I had stepped on the highest immediate ground. I then set my sights on looking for the ridge behind her home. I walked around the ridge for a bit, but my GPS in that area read 5-10 feet lower than the area near Old Petersburg Road. I returned to my car, made a few notes, and drove away, heading for Evansville and Vanderburgh County.
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