Ascent of McCone County High Point on 2016-05-21
|Date:||Saturday, May 21, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||McCone County High Point|
| Elevation:||3440 ft / 1048 m|
Ascent Trip ReportMcCone County, MT.
A few days prior to Mount Brown, my Mom and I visited McCone County and again had the pleasure to chat with the owners. This time we were greeted with skepticism as we chatted about our hobby with them at their kitchen table. Ryder Irvine, who I had touched base about this county recently, told me no big deal on this one and that the owners were easy going. Not this time.
Well, we knocked on the front door of the ranch to the north of the HP and were told to come on in. The general chitchat about our hobby started things off and the older gentleman stayed quiet but friendly. The older lady, well, not so much. She wanted to know if we were "environmentalists" out looking for "wetlands" who were trying to shut down their place. We informed her that our visit was purely centered around our nutty hobby but she wasn't convinced since county highpointing seemed far fetched as a reason to gain access to their property.
About 10 minutes later things started to soften up after that exchange and then I happened to mention how the drive into their place was quite scenic and that the hills reminded me of some of the scenic formations in Central Utah. The older woman then went on to say that they're "worthless" since "you can't grow anything on them and cattle can't eat off of them". I didn't talk about them anymore.
Ultimately we got permission to drive a ranch road to the top as long as we "don't look at anything". Well, the drive was easy enough and ultimately had us go through two gates on our way to a cattle feeding area near the top. On the way out a truck came on up to us head on with the driver asking us in a suspicious manner "if we were lost"? The driver, John, turned out to be the guy that Ryder, had met a couple years back and turned out to be very friendly. He said he remembered a "couple of guys who worked in the oil fields" stoping by and him letting them head on up. If you make it this far out, John is your guy.
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