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Ascent of Berrien County High Point on 2010-12-31

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Friday, December 31, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Berrien County High Point
    Location:USA-Michigan
    Elevation:930 ft / 283 m

Ascent Trip Report

CoHP – BERRIEN COUNTY, MICHIGAN
930+ ft.

Friday, 12/31/2010

The last stop of the day had the bonus of being a Great Lakes county. I followed the Mike Schwartz trip notes and arrived in the area at about 4:30pm. But it was already getting dark on this overcast winter day, so I knew I had to move fast to make full use of the daylight that was left.

Traveling from Redbud Trail west along Curran Road, I noted a farm lane that headed north just before reaching the HP drives described by Bob Schwab. I drove past the drives, turned around and decided to drive up the lane. I parked roughly due east of the HP contour. Travel to the HP was fairly direct; first, I crossed a muddy farm field, and the jouney was finished by a climb up the HP hill almost immediately upon entering the woods where the HP was located.

The HP hill is short from this direction; about 50-70ft is all the elevation one needs to reach the top. Once there, I saw the new house and trailer that was perhaps 150 yards to the south. I also found the white rectangular witness sign, the same sign I had seen earlier in the day, with one big exception: this sign had numerous gunshots through it. Sadly, I did not see the actual BM that was found by both Schwartz and Schwab; I attribute this oversight to the oncoming darkness and the dense layer of leaves that had fallen from the trees this past fall. I wandered around the spacious summit area, walking some distance to the west as I covered the entire summit plane. I did come across a dead squirrel, possibly shot by some playful hunter/landowner. I can only speculate about why it was not retrieved.

Satisfied that I had visited the HP, I retraced my steps down the hill and back to my truck. I contemplated going back up the hill to take another look for the BM; but it dawned on me that dusk was here, and I might not be successful on a return visit. I resolved to be satisfied; I was after all a peakbagger, and not a BM-grabber. I drove away and drove over a rather large possum. That brought my count for the day to 4 deer, all live; 1 squirrel, stiff and expired; and one possum, dead and in the middle of the road. Done with another year of peakbagging, I got in my truck and headed home, arriving in time to watch late-night football and welcome in a new year. Trip statistics: Time = 20min up and back; Distance = 0.56mi for the round trip; Elevation gain = 91ft total gain.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:92 ft / 27 m
    Extra Gain:21 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 0.9 km
    Route:Open fields, then bushwhack uphill
    Trailhead:Farm lane east of HP  880 ft / 268 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Overcast
not foggy but limited view
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:10 Minutes



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