Ascent of Damon Mound on 2004-12-21

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Beth Cousland
Date:Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Damon Mound
    Elevation:146 ft / 44 m

Ascent Trip Report

We traveled south into Brazoria County. Being so close to the Gulf of Mexico, the elevations here were mostly in the tens of feet. However, Brazoria County's highpoint is a salt dome called Damon Mound. The hill rises about 70 feet above the flat countryside, covered in homes, fields and brambles.

We followed state route TX-36 into the community of Damon, which sits atop the mound. We decided to tackle this one head-on, by approaching the landowner whose home (trailer) sits closest to the highpoint.

I had to work up more courage than usual as I approached the front door. It wasn't a messy place, but it was kind of run down. A couple dogs frolicked in the yard. Beth stayed back at the truck in the driveway, about 50 feet away. I knocked on the door and hoped this would go well.

A young woman answered the door. I stated my name and objective and sought her permission. She said to wait for a moment, and she went back in. I could hear some crashing and banging, and moments later, a gentleman rolled to the door in his wheelchair. I repeated my name and objective, working in the fact that we were visiting family over the Christmas holidays.

We chatted for a few moments. He was naturally skeptical of me at first, but warmed up fast. He was very nice and gave us permission to tromp over on his local hill. He was all smiles and as kind a person as could be.

The actual "hike" took but a few moments, walking from our truck to a small mound behind sheds and other piles of stuff. And that was all was to it. This had gone very well, much moreso than I had expected. It's nice to know there are still a lot of really good people out there. My sincerest thanks to the landowner for allowing us passage. This is why this hobby can be so fun: the highpoints may be nothing much to look at, but the people can be really cool.

From here we continued east into the Houston area. There were no more highpoints for today (12-21-04). We spent that night visiting Beth's brother and his family. The weather had deteriorated into heavy rains that evening and night, setting the stage for tomorrow's batch of highpoints, starting with Hardin County...
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Trailhead:136 ft / 41 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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