Ascent of Randall County High Point on 2002-09-22

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Bob Packard
Date:Sunday, September 22, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Randall County High Point
    Elevation:3890 ft / 1185 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bob Packard and I arrived in Hereford about 3 p.m. and followed FM-1259 southeast, then local roads to a point south of the Randall County highpoint. The land here is flat, so we had to judge its location using fence lines, windmills, the topographical map, and old-fashioned compass and reckoning. Fortunately, a fence line lies along the west county line, and the windmills shown on the map agreed with what we saw, so gauging the highpoint region was not that difficult.

We hopped a fence and started walking north. We were apparently on the Happy-Hereford Ranch. In 2000, I was here but did not visit the highpoint due to cattle milling in the area. Today, there were no cattle. We walked a half-mile to a windmill, spot elevation 3,888 feet, said the map.

The terrain was flat hard-pack dirt. We dodged piles of cow poop, occasional bones, little cacti, and vermin holes. There was no scrub. Anything more than an inch high gets eaten or trampled. From this first windmill, we proceeded at a north-northwest bearing for a quarter mile to get within the lone 3,890-foot contour that pokes into Randall county from neighboring Deaf Smith county. Bob took bearings from our first windmill, now to the south-southeast, and another windmill at elevation 3,879 feet to the north-northeast, and verified we were within the desired contour. Bob celebrated with a short wind sprint. We didn't linger and walked back out to our vehicles.

Back at the road we parted ways: Bob east a little more to Swisher County's highpoint, and me back to Amarillo to clean up and fly home. I put 1,031 miles on my rental Ford Ranger truck. it had 3 miles on it when I picked it up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Trailhead:3880 ft / 1182 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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