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Ascent of Campbell Hill on 2015-09-20

Climber: Ian Covey

Date:Sunday, September 20, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Campbell Hill
    Location:USA-Ohio
    Elevation:1549 ft / 472 m

Ascent Trip Report

At some point during the summer, I found myself dreaming about attending Great American Beer Festival in Denver. I'm not getting any younger (though I'm not that old), so I bought the tickets. 2 sessions in fact (there's A LOT of beer there). Then I started looking at plane tickets. $800 from Bangor!? That makes it over $1000 Canadian. Plus the hotels and everything with it. So I did the next logical thing, and a week before festival, I was crossing the border into Maine, headed West.

2 days later, a Sunday, after stops at Mapleside Farms outside of Cleveland (home of America's longest slide, I guess) and a canning release party at Hoof Hearted Brewing Co (say it out loud), I found myself outside the Ohio High Point parking lot. But the gates were closed. "Why do we drive to these stupid things anyway," my girlfriend moaned (this would not be the first time I heard these words during the next two weeks). But I was determined. I pulled up outside of the gate, scanning to see if the fence could or should be scaled; there was no one around. Finally, I spotted a man-door, just to the left of one of the main gates, and it was open a crack. "Let's just run through it and up the hill," I say, "I'm not going in there," she replies. So I start walking towards the gate. "We're going to get arrested," she yells, running after me.

The view from the top isn't spectacular, though I bet it's a good sliding hill in the winter. We took some pictures, feeling a little more confident, now that we had been there 5 minutes and not seen blue lights, and decided the best way to get back down the hill would be to roll. Man, I forgot how little control you have when you're rolling full-tilt; I felt like I was in a tire.

Shoes retrieved, HP #5 conquered, and enough daylight to get to Hoosier Hill, we headed for Indiana.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear



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