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Ascent of Brunswick County High Point on 2018-08-31

Climber: Henry Pharr

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, August 31, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Brunswick County High Point
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:75 ft / 22 m

Ascent Trip Report

DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS HP WITHOUT: (1) thoroughly reviewing Tom Layton's post, (2) wearing more protective gear than a bomb defuser in an EOD unit, (3) taking someone with you - which I did not to my substantial detriment; and (4) praying to whichever deity you worship (and Lady Luck as well). Please do not take a camera and for heaven's sakes if you wear glasses, put on those crampons tight.

The HP is located within the following coordinates which you should mark and triangulate before stepping foot into this swampy mess:
N34.2147 W78.0929 northern corner
N34.2140 W78.0935 SW corner
N34.2140 W78.0929 SE corner

Start near the mailbox marking 927 Maco Road SE and try to find Tom's faint opening where his party ventured in (or maybe what debris I was able to wrestle apart). This will save you a good 20-30 minutes of thrashing about. I was lucky and found the remnants of their efforts and followed the route to the SW corner. Then I zigged, zagged, climbed over, under through and crawled to the SE corner and then again to the N corner. Stepped into the contour enough to say to myself I had hit the HP and bushwhacked directly to the original path between the SE and SW corners.

All in all I probably walked 1.2 miles forward and probably twice that sideways. However, the map showed .11 miles travel from the mailbox.

I think I am ready for the rigors of the Dismal Swamp now but need a good 3 month breather at least.

There are other candidates for a higher HP near Southport, but for now this is the only one recognized by the Peakbagger website. Given the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence, they may not be contenders anymore. If the storm surge made them higher though, wipe this one out of your memory bank and records. The others are easy access and must be more pleasant. Trust me.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1 ft / 0 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1 ft / 0 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy and and Mild temperatures
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1 ft / 0 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.1 km
    Route:Bushwack from Road
    Start Trailhead:Pull off on Maintained Road  74 ft / 22 m
    Time:55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1 ft / 0 m
    Distance:0 mi / 0.1 km
    Route:Bushwack to Road
    End Trailhead:Pull off on Maintained Road  74 ft / 22 m
    Time:45 Minutes



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