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Ascent of Quirauk Mountain on 2018-05-20

Climber: Andrew Kirmse

Others in Party:Brett Douville
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 20, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Quirauk Mountain
    Location:USA-Maryland
    Elevation:2140 ft / 652 m

Ascent Trip Report

A week before my trip I called Kelly Swanger, and within an hour I had an email granting permission to go to the summit. Along the way, a dozen or so people were sitting on graffiti-covered High Rock enjoying the view. The gate just past there was open, and we drove to the top without being questioned. We saw a guy in the guard house inside the barbed wire fence with most of the communications equipment, but he didn't come out. The high point and two benchmarks were within 50 feet of the our car, all within the parking area on top.

This peak is owned by the Pentagon, and served as communication for nearby Raven Rock in Pennsylvania, the underground installation where senior government officials would go in the case of nuclear war.
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