Ascent of Tuscola County High Point on 2015-08-11

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Tuscola County High Point
    Elevation:980 ft / 298 m

Ascent Trip Report

I used Bill Schuler TR. This report attempts to add a few details. I have used Bill's numbering system with the PB numbers in brackets.

AREAS 1(4), 2(1), 3(2) AND 4(3).
Rose and I parked at Bill's track (100 yards east on the road junction Brown/Fostoria) on north side of Brown Road, and I basically followed his footsteps to these 4 areas.
I walked the track north 150 yards to a clearing with tall grass and chose my AREA 1 spot at 43.32351,-83.37326.
I then wacked a 20 degree compass line .5 miles to AREA 2 where I found a Witness Post Survey Marker with the BM "TUSCOLA COUNTY MONUMENT, CORNER CODE J12, TIIE, 46722". The actual HP just north at 43.32939,-83.37215. This was the worst part of this wack, very dense for the first half. The actual HP is in open woods.
I continued on a 135 degree compass line for 200 yards in mostly open woods to the somewhat obvious HP for AREA 3 at 43.32881,-83.37035. A track runs beside it.
For AREA 4 I followed a 65 degree compass line for 200 yards in open woods to the obvious HP at 43.32908,-83.36859. This spot is 15 yards north of a fallow field.
I returned to the TH on a more direct route, staying on the perimeter of fallow fields. We moved on to Area 5.

AREA 5 (5)
I chose not to inquire at 1060 Swaffer Road, instead I started my walk 100 yards east of the house, at the row of trees/bushes just east-of/besides the N-S power line. Corn fields on both sides of this row of trees.
I walked north on the east side of Row of trees (corn field to my right) for about 500 yards then west 200 yards on a grass field, going under the power line, to the HP (43.31050,-83.38600).

We moved on to the Sanilac COHP.

"NO GREAT MAN EVER COMPLAINS OF WANT OF OPPORTUNITY." ............. ralph waldo emerson.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:190 ft / 57 m
    Extra Gain:70 ft / 21 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:wack to 5 areas
    Trailhead:brown and swaffer roads  930 ft / 283 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack

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