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

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Sunday, January 4, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Posey County High Point
    Location:USA-Indiana
    Elevation:590 ft / 179 m

Ascent Trip Report

CoHP – POSEY COUNTY, INDIANA
590+ ft.
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Sunday, 1/4/2015

From the Vanderburgh County HP, I made my way to the next destination, the HP of Posey County.

0.0 - Parked next to the large tree, Vanderburgh County HP
0.2 - Return to Bromm Road. Turn left (west) and wind north
1.1 - Turn left (west) on W Boonville-New Harmony Road
2.2 - Arrive at a stop sign at IN 65 - aka Big Cynthiana Road. Continue straight (west)
3.3 - Turn left (south) on Buente Road
3.6 - Turn right (west) on Emge Road
5.1 - Turn right (northwest) on St. Wendel Road
5.3 - Turn left (west) on Diamond Island Road
6.6 - Turn right (north) at the corner as Diamond Island Road continues. To the left (south), the road is named Rexing Road
6.7 - Arrive at mailbox "11235" (house on the left) and then "11232" (house on the right, Jim and Linda Thacker)

I did not immediately proceed. I paused for several minutes to intentionally wait until the Colts football game was over. From listening to the radio, I knew that the final minutes were being played. Soon, I returned to the driveway and parked. I walked to the door and knocked. I was greeted by a woman who gave permission to wander in her back yard. She thought the highest ground would be found near the right front corner of the big pole barn.

I made a quick trip of the back yard, and I decided to walk around the pole barn since there was easy access all around. When I got to the left rear corner of the barn, I noted some raised ground that followed the north-south fence line that surrounded the adjoining pasture. I thought this was the highest ground.

Before I left, I knocked at the door again to thank them for allowing me to visit. I was asked to step inside, and I spoke with the woman, her husband, and a son. We had a nice visit, and I was pleased that I had achieved my day’s goal of globbing the farthest Indiana counties. From now until completion, all counties would be closer to home.

With a few hours of daylight left, I decided to constructively use the time by driving across the Ohio River and into Kentucky. I had not yet globbed any Kentucky counties, so I extended my trip challenge to see if I could complete something there. My first stop was Henderson County, Kentucky.

I drove over the river, and soon I reached the Wolf Hills. I used my printed topo maps and Ken Oeser’s trip report to approach the area. I identified the most probable approach, and I set my course for Highway 414 and the southern route into Wolf Hills.

As I reached the bend on Hwy 414, I turned east to drive the lane, thinking I would park near or at the western-marked cemetery. I immediately found this route unnavigable. The lane was fenced off but the gate was open. An intercom system was on my side of the gate. So I stopped and tried several times, but I never got a response. I decided not to enter the open gate. Numerous signs were posted that warned trespassers not to continue. Trespassers would be shot; survivors would be shot again.

I looked all over the area and never did find a suitable entrance into the hills. Daylight was fading fast, and I did not want to make a long approach that would consume lots of time. I found the homes probably used by Ken Oeser on Tillman Bethel Road, but those homes on the east side of the HP were gated too. I drove a bit farther north, but I did not find any good parking places to make the short approach from the east.

I eventually gave up the pursuit of this HP candidate. I will need better recon and more time to find a suitable way to the summit. So I set my next target as the HP candidate #2 found along the Audobon Parkway. I found my way to the parkway and somehow avoided tolls as I made my way to this candidate. But when I arrived there, it was too dark, and I was not willing to park alongside this narrow expressway that carried lots of traffic. I used one of the “emergency vehicle only” spots to U-turn and return to Henderson. Dark and defeated by Henderson County, I decided to search for a place to spend the night. I had one more Kentucky option available to me. I drove off toward the Chalybeate Hills of adjacent Union County. If I could stay close enough, I might be able to quickly ascend its HP candidates before heading for Martin County Indiana and the noon rendezvous time.
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