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Ascent of Kenyon Hill on 2015-08-03

Climber: Alan Bernier

Date:Monday, August 3, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kenyon Hill
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1309 ft / 398 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked due north of the peak at a gated, but unposted snowmobile trail. I followed the overgrown, grassy trail to within 0.2 miles of the summit and bushwhacked the rest of the way. When I returned to my car, I noticed that the first 150 yards of the trail was freshly mowed, and the landowner was driving towards my car on his John Deere tractor. When he arrived, he didn't seem too happy. He said I was lucky he didn't have my car towed, as I was "blocking" about 1' of the 12' entrance to his trail. When I had set out, it looked as if nobody had driven up the grassy track all summer, but apparently the sight of my car parked there spurred him to start doing some mowing and really teach me a lesson. He seemed like a decent guy, and he says that he keeps his land open to all types of recreation, but the key is not to block his gate. He said I could have easily asked permission and he would have let me park in his yard, but I tried to tell him that (a) the property wasn't posted, (b) I'm not from the area at all, and (c) the trail didn't seem to see much use, and even then I tried to park so someone could at least drive a large truck through the gate if need be. He claimed that if I didn't know it was private property, I should have asked at his farm a quarter mile down the road, or at least gone to the town offices and looked up who the property owners were. It all seemed like I just caught the guy in a grumpy mood, and he wanted to find fault with me no matter what. He gave me his card, and assured me that I was welcome back any time as long as I checked in with him first. I told him that one simple $1 No Trespassing without permission" sign would have solved the whole misunderstanding, but in his world he has the right to be angry when people "block" his gate, even though he could get his Deere with mowing attachment through the gate easily.
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