Ascent of Delaware County High Point on 2009-01-04

Climber: Heather Hasch

Date:Sunday, January 4, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Delaware County High Point
    Elevation:1100 ft / 335 m

Ascent Trip Report

1100+ ft.

Sunday, 1/4/2009

The fun I had yesterday lit the fire that caused me to hit the road again today. I was out before noon with the hopes that I could visit more than one of the nearby Indiana counties. I was prepared to do as many as time would permit. The first stop was down I-69 to Muncie, home of Ball State University, birthplace to many Indiana teachers and proudly proclaiming David Letterman as one of her most favored alumni. Delaware County contains 11 highpoint contours grouped in 3 general areas, so this first county would require some patience and perseverance to complete.

The Bob Schwab directions are still correct to locate the contours. First stop was on the Delaware/Henry County Line Road along the south side of Delaware County. Shortly after passing a home on the right, I pulled off and parked opposite contour #1. I took a little more than 35 minutes to hike 1.40 miles to investigate the first 3 contours which all were found in a muddy, corn-harvested farm field. It was a foggy day with visibility to about ½ mile, 30’s temperature, with a constant chilling breeze blowing.

From my truck, I first set out west along the north side of the road to visit the western extent of contour #1. This contour is relatively flat and requires some wandering to be sure all high ground is visited. From the western edge, I hiked basically due north of my truck, crossing under the power lines about ¼ mile into the field to reach the small contour #2. This small bump was easier to see as the area was approached. I hiked across the highest ground. I also looked to the north, and east of the power lines to what appeared to me to be higher ground. Getting there would require dropping down and then back up to visit the ground. This is the 3rd area, containing contours 7 – 11. I made a mental note to look back to the south when I got there to see how this ground looked from there. In my opinion, contours 7 – 11 lie on higher ground.

From this second contour, I hiked back southeast, staying east of the power lines to contour #3. This bump, near the beige trailer, was easy to spot and climb before making my way back west along the road to my truck.

To reach contours 4 – 6, drive east to the next intersection. All 3 contours are located neatly in the northeast corner at this intersection. I chose to park off the road just past the garage complex to the right.

The largest contour is nearest the road. Again, I found this contour to be a rather flat, corn-harvested dome, so I made a couple passes back and forth to satisfy myself about crossing the highest ground. From here, hike almost due north to the fence line where you see the ground elevations rise. This contour is smaller and more prominent, so touching the high ground was less difficult to identify.

Finally, hike ESE across the field to another prominent projection. The topo map shows this bump to be in the midst of a forested area, but that is not the case, at least not today. The bump is in the same field as the other two contours. A short hike from here closes the triangle back to the truck and on to the last group of 5 contours for this county. It took me about 18 minutes and about 0.60mi to visit these 3 contours.

Return to the intersection just crossed and turn right (north). Follow the Schwab directions to find a parking spot along the road opposite the field that contains the final 5 contours. As I approached the area, my impression was the first, largest contour contained the highest ground. From the road, this contour literally looked like a wall that ran parallel to the road and hid all ground beyond it. From my parking spot, I hiked due south, ascending the wall to attain the ridge and the likely high ground of these 5 contours. I used my GPS to visit the 5 general areas. Some were easily visible by sight, some were not so clear. When I got to the southernmost part of the area, I looked farther south to try and form an opinion about the elevation as it compared to contours 1 – 3 discussed above. I could not clearly see to contour #2, so I reached no conclusion about whether contours 1 – 3 are higher/lower than contours 7 – 11. The fog defeated me on this question.

However, as I wandered around this farm field, all sight lines supported my belief that the highest land of these 5 contours was indeed the first contour visited, just southeast of the brick house and its surrounding tree lines. In all, I spent a little more than 20 minutes in the field, wandering about 1 mile in total for the 5 contours.

To summarize, based on my unscientific observations, contours 7 – 11 were higher than contours 1 – 3 as seen from contour #2. Contour 7 was higher than the other four in that field, so I would suggest that the highest ground in Delaware County might indeed be the “wall” in the field south of CR700S near the southeast corner of the brick house property.
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