Ascent of Preble County High Point on 2008-12-07

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Sunday, December 7, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Preble County High Point
    Elevation:1240 ft / 377 m

Ascent Trip Report

1240+ ft.

Sunday, 12/7/2008

This is the infamous Ohio rest area HP. I was in Indianapolis to obtain some CPE over the next couple days, and I was staying just off I-70 on the east side of town. I took advantage of being in the area to conquer some nearby HPs. It was about 5:00pm when I made the decision to hit the road. This time of year, nightfall sets in around 6:00pm, so I knew I would be cutting this daylight thing close. I drove the hour to get to the Ohio border on I-70.

I drove past the eastbound rest area to the next exit about 7 miles east, US Hwy 127, and I returned to the westbound rest area on the north side of the interstate. As predicted, God had already turned out the lights on this part of the planet. However, the ample illumination from the rest area made the nearby farm fields relatively easy to see. So I decided to go for it.

Armed with my topo, prior trip notes, a flashlight and two different GPS units, I set out on a course directly north of the rest area main building. Crossing the truck parking first, I came to the mesh fence and easily made my way over it. I continued on a path due north to the obvious higher ground found there. Knowing the true HP should be farther east, I presumed this was the western high contour mentioned by Bob Schwab in his trip report. I continued east, and sure enough I came to a higher contour.

I checked my GPS and noted the coordinates reasonably matched those identified by Bob Schwab. I confirmed this reading with the second GPS. I then set my illuminated GPS on the ground and wandered around this bump until I was satisfied I had crossed all high ground. The HP was conquered. I retrieved the GPS and hiked back to the rest area. My GPS confirmed a hike of about 0.2mi from the rest area buildings to the HP.

There was a light dusting of snow on the frozen ground, making for an easy hike in the still air whose temperature was in the mid 20’s. After a leisurely pace of about 40 minutes, I was back in my car and returning to Indy.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Pleasant hiking conditions
Ascent Statistics
    Time:0 Days 0 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:0 Days 0 Hours 15 Minutes

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