Ascent of Fayette 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:Fayette County High Point
    Elevation:1180 ft / 359 m

Ascent Trip Report

1180+ ft.

Wednesday, 12/10/2008

This HP is a virtual-twofer with nearby Rush County. The microwave tower in this county is only about 3 miles away (and can easily be seen) from the Rush County HP.

From the Rush County HP, return north to the s-bend in the road before you get to Glenwood. Turn right (east), and travel past a double-tower microwave tower on the right. Continue around the bends in this road for about two miles to the first intersection. Turn left (north) and notice the target microwave tower on your left. Mere minutes away from the Rush CoHP, I pulled in and parked off the road in front of the closed and locked gate.

The gate only prevents vehicle traffic to the tower – immediately to either side of the gate, the rusty mesh farm fence has been broken down. I chose to go left because the fence is actually nonexistent there!

I first set off to visit the distant contour in the farm field. Hiking north around the microwave tower complex, I continued WNW to the first high contour. I wandered about and stepped on all high granules in this corn-harvested field. As I looked around, I decided this was a false summit because I saw a second contour WNW closer to the woods. The second contour appeared to be higher from here, so I set off to step on it and remove all doubt. My opinion is that the second field contour was higher and was the bump shown on the topo map, but once again, I encourage future visitors to look around and form their own opinions.

I then returned to the tower complex. The same type of rusty mesh farm fence surrounded this ground. The fence had an ungated entrance on the south side containing a cattle guard, to keep out wandering livestock I supposed.

I crossed the cattle guard and wandered around inside. A couple of buildings set outside the taller, barbed-wire chain link fence that surrounded the microwave tower proper. I walked the entire perimeter of this interior fence, satisfying myself that the ground inside the fence under the tower was basically flat and of similar elevation. This ground presented an obvious elevated profile to the surrounding farm fields, but I could not tell whether this was higher than the other contour bump that was in the middle of the farm field. Total time exploring both (all 3) bumps was about 15 minutes.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear

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