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

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Sunday, January 4, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Henry County High Point
    Elevation:1190 ft / 362 m

Ascent Trip Report

1190+ ft.

Sunday, 1/4/2009

With the 11 contours of Delaware County behind me, I next turned my attention to the 7 contours of adjacent Henry County. As always, the Bob Schwab directions are accurate to reach the first contour. I would like to offer some clarification to those directions.

First, his reference to 1000S Road is a reference to nearby Randolph County, where Losantville is located. As you travel west along this road, it becomes CR600N when it crosses into Henry County. Turn north on CR800E to reach CR650N (not South as mentioned by Bob), and travel CR650N east to the end of the road and the vicinity of contour #1.

The day I visited was quite muddy. CR650N is basically a dirt farm lane, containing numerous watery mud holes. I was anxious the entire time I traveled the road, fearful that I might encounter a spot too soggy to cross. I kept the engine gunned and crossed on grass and the drier dirt whenever possible.

Looking south at the end of the road, it’s easy to spot the prominent contour out in the field. A quick 5 minutes and 0.15mi completed the round trip to the top and back, and I felt considerably more comfortable when I returned to pavement soon thereafter.

From contour #1, I returned to CR800E and stayed on this road south for 3.5mi to CR300N. I turned left and drove 1.4mi. I passed 9451 CR300N on the right and parked just off the road to the right near the woods. From here, I hiked north along the western edge of the woods to gain the high ground ridge. The highest ground was soon crossed, and I continued down then up again as I approached the road in front of 9451. I returned to my truck after this brief 0.25mi trek.

For contours 3 – 5, I opted to approach all 3 from the Foulke farmhouse. Follow the Bob Schwab directions to the long lane leading to this farmhouse, and park. I went to the house and knocked, but no one answered. I saw no signs of any human activity. Not wanting to pass this opportunity, I quickly penned a note that I left on the dash of my truck. I decided to make the hike while I was here, and I hoped the property owners wouldn’t mind if they came and found my truck. I expected to visit all 3 contours and be back in about ½ hour.

My first target was due south, contour #4 as labeled by Bob. This was a prominent rise not far from the farmhouse. To get up the hill required a hike through tall grass. This field had not been plowed and harvested recently, I concluded. Once on top of this contour, I hiked due north to reach the fence marking the adjacent property. I crossed the fence and continued due north to the contour #5. This contour was flatter, less prominent and less evident than contour #4, and in my opinion lower. I then traveled northwest towards the distant woods and contour #3, approached by Bob Schwab from the north. Once I reached the woods, I wandered the field, and in the woods itself as I sought to cross the highest ground. Once I was satisfied, I turned ESE and hike over another bump on my way back to the farmhouse. I crossed the fence and returned to my truck after about 35 minutes of wandering.

I decided to knock at the farmhouse one more time. This time, someone answered! This middle-aged man explained that he heard me the first time but did not answer as he was awakened from a nap. I explained my business there, and he told me that was fine. I thanked him for allowing me to park there, and I was soon on my way.

Contour #6 is actually split by CR75N. I parked just beyond the crest of the contour area on the right side of CR75N. I then headed up the south side to the HP area. The area is broad and flat, so some back-and-forth footwork is necessary. In my opinion, the highest ground looked to be immediately south of the telephone pole atop the ridge.

I then wandered around the north side of the road for a bit, looking for the high dirt. From the south looking north, the north area looks higher; from the north looking south, the opposite seems true. The skilled use of a hand level would solve this question.

Contour #7 lies just to the southwest across the road on the Alexander property. I parked at the house and knocked. I was greeted by a daughter who soon called for her father to come to the door. I met Richard Alexander and spoke with him for several minutes. He told me the same “why do I have flood insurance” story, and he further related that the winds were always blowing across his property. Maybe his land should be considered for a wind farm! He pointed out the highest ground as being immediately next to the metal grain silo to the west of his back door. I walked the short hike to step on the ground, and Henry County was turned green.

As a side note, I later found out that Henry County completed a “High 5” for me in Indiana, my 3rd such completion after Connecticut and Rhode Island.
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