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Ascent to Pikes Peak-Oil Well on 2019-03-08

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, March 8, 2019
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Pikes Peak - Oil Well
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:2320 ft / 707 m
    Remaining Elevation:121 ft / 37 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

ATTENTION PEAKBAGGERS - NO ACCESS WITHOUT PERMISSION. It was not my lucky day.

I'm entering this TR for the benefit of future visitors. I was nearing the oil well south of the summit, as a friendly maintenance guy, Jim, was driving out. He informed me that he had no problem but was not the landowner and therefore couldn't approve access - he called him for me and got a flat "no". He gave me a ride back to the gate, where we had a long chat about illegals entering this part of Texas. "A lot of bad stuff happens around here, I'd be careful. Do you carry a gun.?"

Driving directions to the TH.
From I-10, exit 350, west of Ozona (we stopped to check out the huge patches of yellow wild flowers at this exit) we drove north a short distance to a T-JCT with FM2398, we turned/continued right (east) for 1.25 miles to a gated service road on the right, which leads southerly 1 mile to the oil well. Its a short steep slope of 200 yds north to an outstanding rocky sharp-coned peak.

My original plan was to continue to it's south peak (spot elevation 2496') and add it to the PB Library.

There are no signs at the gate and the gate was not locked, all looked very innocent so I proceeded - the lock was hanging to one side, should have know that perhaps someone was inside. It looks-as-if my timing was not just right.

We went to the Crockett County Library in Ozona for WiFi, before meeting up with Dick Ellsworth at 7 miles to the east (I-10 exit 372, Circle Bar Truck Stop), for tomorrow's joint trip to the Val Verde COHP.

"WE MADE TOO MANY WRONG MISTAKES." ................ berraism.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:no access
    Trailhead:FM 2398  -9999 ft / -3047 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike



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