Ascent of Brindley Mountain on 2018-04-18
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Wednesday, April 18, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||1120 ft / 341 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI do not normally visit highpoints with multiple candidates, but one of my bucket lists includes trying to climb all named county highpoints and the Morgan County highpoint does have a name, Brindley Mountain. I visited the SW candidate first. From where I parked my car it was only 434 feet to the highpoint in the middle of a mowed field, so the access was easy. For the NW highpoint I made the mistake of trying to drive closer, but I found I was better off hiking from the SW highpoint. From my car it was only .22 air miles away, but the last few dozen feet required an uncomfortable bushwhack. The access for last two highpoint candidates was at a posted gate, but the sparse population in the area helped my confidence to make this attempt. From this location the SE highpoint was only .16 air miles away and the NE highpoint was .23 air miles away. I had to climb a fence to reach the SE highpoint, which was located in a pasture, but later I found there was an opening in the fence just to the north, so there is no need to cross the fence. The NE highpoint is located at the communication tower, which surprisingly was not fenced like nearly every communication tower I have ever visited. I took my victory photos at these last two highpoints and hurried back to the safety of my car. I obtained the following elevations from my GPS at all four highpoint candidates: SW - 1320 feet NW - 1318 feet SE - 1321 feet NE - 1317 feet With the margin of error in handheld GPS units and the closeness of the elevations of all four highpoint candidates, hardcore county highpointers will need to visit all four areas in order to guarantee reaching the highest point in Morgan County.
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| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack|
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