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Ascent to Vernon Parish High Point-Locked gate on 2017-01-10

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Date:Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Vernon Parish High Point - Locked gate
    Location:USA-Louisiana
    Elevation:470 ft / 143 m
    Remaining Elevation:14 ft / 4 m (0% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Quite a disappointment not to be able to grab the main summit for this parish's highpoint, especially when I could see the summit just 300 yards away. Since the metal gate to the driveway for the residence that sits next to the highest point was locked, I decided to gather information from the closest house to the west. A friendly lady answered the door and after I explained my mission she told me the owner always locks his gate when he leaves, but sometimes he locks it even when he returns home. The lady told me if I don't see any cars there, he probably would not be at home. I asked her if the owner was friendly and she answered, "No." She also mentioned that she did not know the owner's phone number. After my conversation I looked at the highpoint again from the friendly lady's yard and I noticed a parked car. If there weren't any vehicles there, I probably would have climbed over the locked gate and made a quick dash for my goal, but with the possibility of an unfriendly owner sitting in his home behind the safety of the gate he locked, I was too uncomfortable to take the risk, since the highest point is in his backyard. I was frustrated because I rarely travel to this part of the country and my only reason to return would be to bag this single peak, but of course, I could face the same situation as I did this time. For future visitors, a stealth attempt might be possible at night, but you will have to reach a point close to the back of the house. If there are any outside dogs, you will definitely be detected and have a worrisome sprint back to your vehicle with the unfriendly land owner probably calling the police or worse!
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