Ascent of White County High Point on 2017-04-23

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Sunday, April 23, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:White County High Point
    Elevation:770 ft / 234 m

Ascent Trip Report

770+ ft.

Sunday, 4/23/2017

This week saw me in northern Indiana to attend a two-day retreat. The retreat concluded around 2pm. Just in case, I had packed some county information for the northernmost Indiana counties I had not yet summited. Instead of driving home to eastern Indiana, I headed west and ended the day about 150 miles from home.

The northwest counties I still have to complete are nearly unanimous in their need to visit farmland. Fortunately, I identified 3 counties that needed only 6 contour visits to complete: 2 in White County, 3 in Benton County, and a singleton in Warren County. They appeared on paper to be rather simple. The only question would be did I have enough daytime left to drive to the 3 counties? Well, they aren’t done right now – nothing ventured, nothing gained.

I started the day with a GPS visit to area 2 as defined by Bob Schwab’s trip report. My GPS took me on a path that eventually converged with the directions reported by Bob. I have one slight modification to make: where he says “until you encounter 700 E Road”, this is actually CR 700W. When I passed the farmhouse on CR 700S, I used my GPS to park due south of the HP contour. I made a short hike into the field, about 200 feet one way. The field was in the process of being tilled and planted. The first 50 feet had been recently disked, but the remaining hike was across old growth fields.

Farmers were quite active on this sunny and warm day. In fact, it would only be a slight exaggeration to say I saw nearly as many farmers in the fields as I saw drivers on the roads. Today may be a last opportunity to visit un-disked fields this year.

From area 2, Bob’s report is adequate to visit area 1. I traveled a slightly different route if you want to try an alternative. Since my car was already facing west, I simply drove straight ahead, followed the road northwest along I-65, and then headed north as the road name became CR 800W. The first intersection is CR 600S. Turn left here, and you are now back on the Bob S. course. Travel from here to the noticeable rise in the field on CR 700S, area 1. The HP is about .25mi out in the field, making a half mile round trip.

The surrounding area is dotted with numerous windmills, though no windmills exist in the immediate vicinity of the two White County HP contours. Bob is descriptively accurate when he says area 2 is a slight bump while area 1 is actually quite prominent.

USELESS TRIVIA: You may have noticed that the two contours lie along the same CR 700S about a mile apart. Traveling between the two was much easier before the construction of I-65. The CoHP’er now must find a way across the interstate.
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