Ascent of Campbell Hill on 2007-01-26

Climber: John Gower

Date:Friday, January 26, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Campbell Hill
    Elevation:1549 ft / 472 m

Ascent Trip Report

1/26/2007 - Today we visited our second highpoint, Campbell Hill in Bellefontaine, OH. It was a long day. We left Indianapolis about 1:15 p.m. and headed East on I-70 toward Ohio. It was a sunny, windy Friday, with a 34 degree temperature being a lot warmer than it felt. I had once again typed in the GPS coordinates into our trusty TomTom and we followed it's heading most of the way. We past Richmond, IN where the Indiana highpoint was, and headed across the border shortly after 3 p.m. After being on 70 for what seemed forever, we headed north on US 68, until we reached the town of Urbana, OH. This is the point where things get funny. So apparently when I put the GPS coordinates into TomTom, I didn't have the right ones. Never trust! So we turned east in Urbana and headed about 15 or 20 miles off course into nowhere land of Ohio. We watched the miles tick off of TomTom, and finally he proclaimed "you have reached your destination!," shortly after 4 p.m. After looking around, we could definitely see that we weren't where we were supposed to be, and consequently Amanda turned against me at this point, putting me on a guilt trip, with a few choice words being muttered back and forth. Realizing we were quite lost, we kept driving until we reached an Ace Hardware, and called my brother Josh for the address of the cosmetology school at the highpoint.
We would not have been worried, but the highpoint sits on the property of the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center and is only open on weekdays during business hours, so our time was running out. At about 4:15 we got back on the highway, and according to TomTom were about a half hour away. We came up to the town of Bellefontaine about 4:35 and after a choice to go right instead of left into town, we reached the highpoint. We could see that it was obviously the highest point, surprisingly with several buildings at the top as well. We turned right into the drive, and followed the road past several buildings, through the gate, and up to the top of the highpoint. The view was not as stunning as I had hoped, but the highpoint was much more celebrated than our first highpoint in Indiana. There was a flag, some benches, signs, as well as a brick box to sign the register. However this was either locked, or frozen shut, as it would not open. We stayed for only a few minutes, taking dozens of pictures, and got back in the the car, and headed the right way back to Indiana. On the way back through the town of Urbana, OH, we drove past a few restaurants and after seeing the name of one, had to circle around and get some pictures. "Teabaggers" was just too funny for us to resist.
- John
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