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Ascent of Franklin County High Point on 2017-04-16

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Sunday, April 16, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Franklin County High Point
    Location:USA-Indiana
    Elevation:1070 ft / 326 m

Ascent Trip Report

CoHP – FRANKLIN COUNTY, INDIANA
1070+ ft.

Sunday, 4/16/2017

After completing 5 of 7 contours in Shelby County, my attention now turned to nearby Franklin County. For me, this made the most sense since a completion of Shelby County would have isolated Franklin County from all the other counties I still must complete. As expected, the Bob Schwab trip report was the primary reference for this county.

ONE CONTOUR IN SECTION 10-12N
Approaching the Andersonville area from the northwest, it made sense for me to visit area 2 first. From US52, I turned left (east) onto CR 600N. I noted the Little Salt Creek Cemetery on the right as I approached the intersection with CR 1500W. About a quarter mile after the intersection, my GPS showed a reading of due south to the HP contour. I found a place to pull over and park. The HP was about 100 feet in a field of the shin-high grassy crop. I wandered the area.

ONE CONTOUR IN SECTION 15-12N
From area 2, I drove into Andersonville and found the church. When Bob S. said small lot, he wasn’t kidding. By my recall, there was only room for about 10-12 cars to park just in front of the church and perpendicular to the road. Do most people walk to church? From this parking spot, it was a short hike west to the edge of the farm field, south along the field line next to housing. When I got to the field corner, it was apparent where the area 1 HP was located. I walked a short distance to tap the top. At one point, my GPS zeroed, so I finished wandering and returned to my car.

DECISION TIME: ON TO JEFFERSON COUNTY
With the completion of Franklin County, I had a decision to make: I could return to Shelby County to visit the two remaining contours, or I could head south to Jefferson County to complete the remaining 3 contours that are all located in farmland. I opted to try to complete Jefferson County since the woods location of Shelby County could, in theory, be completed at any time.
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