Ascent of Rush County High Point on 2008-12-10

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rush County High Point
    Elevation:1135 ft / 345 m

Ascent Trip Report

1135+ ft.

Wednesday, 12/10/2008

This HP is a virtual-twofer with nearby Fayette County. The microwave tower in that county is only about 3 miles away and can easily be seen from this location. My tax school was now over, and I made one last excursion before heading for home.

From Indianapolis, travel southeast on I-74 to the Shelbyville exit 116. From here, follow IN 44 about 20 miles through Rushville and on to Glenwood. Turn right on Main Street (which becomes Rush County Road 800E, the Rush/Fayette county line road). In about a mile, you reach a slight s-bend in the road. Continue south to the first lane to the right, taking you to the HP property.

When I arrived, there was no life present except for several cows inside a fenced area. I knocked at the door, but no one answered. Seeing the nearby high contour, I decided to set off to complete my mission. I headed directly west of the house for about .20mi, and I continued to the top of this large bump. The topo shows an elongated east-west contour, but I recall it as a rather roundish mound. I stepped on all HP candidates and called it done. This coincided with the topo location of the HP spot elevation 1135, and this was the area pointed to by my GPS.

As I surveyed the surrounding ground, however, I noted a second area that appeared to be as high or higher. Without hand surveying tools, I could not be sure which ground was the HP. So I hiked the additional .10mi WNW to a location that was now directly west of the farm buildings. This area was partly plowed, partly grassy, appearing to be at the dividing fenceless border with the adjacent farm field. My opinion was this second contour may have been the higher of the two, but future visitors will need to examine both and make their own assessments.

A stiff breeze and frigid (high teens/low 20’s) temperatures made for a brisk pace to the HP and back. Total time invested hiking the solid but manure-smelling fields was about 20 minutes.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear

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