Ascent of Thomas County High Point on 2019-07-10

Climber: Jeremy Fuerst

Date:Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Thomas County High Point
    Elevation:3440 ft / 1048 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was part of a day trip to hit Nebraska county high points Buffalo, Loup, Blaine, Hooker, McPherson, Thomas, Logan, and Custer.

Some general notes:
* All unpaved roads are generally drivable by most vehicles unless otherwise noted. You will drive over and through countless cattle guards, as well as over blind hills, all on narrow roads, so be cautious.
* All of these COHPs involve walks through tall grass of varying lengths. Wear gaiters; you will be glad you did.
* Each of these COHPs will put you into close contact with cattle, almost always Angus. Most run away; some are more curious. In any case, watch your step.
* Almost all of these COHPs have you driving past or very near the property owner's residence. Please make every effort to make contact and request permission. Every single property owner I established contact with was friendly and hospitable, if not bemused at the notion of county highpointing. In all cases be respectful.
* Always close and latch gates behind you when entering and exiting. And be prepared to climb over countless barbed-wire fences.

The property owner (located as per Bob Martin's report) was friendly and granted access. I visited with him for about 10 minutes. He said it had been about 3-4 years since he'd last been approached by COHPers requesting permission for access (a couple from Michigan, he said). He even offered tips to minimize walking distance ("I'm not really a walker,") and fence crossings. I walked to the southern points from his house. Nothing too remarkable there besides the rollers.

I approached the northern points from the county road to the east. Here I was not very thorough. A barbed-wire fence seemed to run right past, or possibly through, all 6 of the northern points. On the way out I walked on one side of the fence, stepping over to the areas that appeared to be the highest. On the walk back I did so on the opposite side of the fence. Lots of ups and downs in a short distance on these hills.

To my eyes the northern points seem far and away higher, but there is sufficient distance between the northern and southern areas that I cannot be sure. By this time I had been in constant motion either driving or walking for over 12 hours, so I was getting pretty tired.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear

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