Ascent of Whitten Hill on 2011-07-24

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Karen Musser <3472>Ben Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 24, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Whitten Hill
    Elevation:630 ft / 192 m

Ascent Trip Report

This hike so far is the most boring of the Maine County HPs I have done. Making it into a hike of any interest was a challenge. I detest drive ups. Why highpoint if you can not get excercise?

This is the classic example of to me the difference between peakbagging and highpointing. Whereas Douglas Mountain, Frye Mountain, Clark Mountain, even as small as they are feel like climbing up to geologically created peak in a mountain range or uplift (so i can still think of these excursions as peakbagging), a maintenance trail off of a paved road to the highest piece of dirt in a county is simply a geographic spot set by man (or highpointing in my book).

Researching the topo it appeared that the low point in the paved road was at the intersection of Jim Rideout Trail (which is an unpaved road I did not trust). We parked along he shoulder of West Road and all but Sarah decided to "climb" the hill using the paved road and at least get the heart beating some. We walked as fast as we could up the steep roadway and bagged this uninteresting communication tower obtaining 160 feet of gain. Something other than a drive up! Karen, Ben and Daniel attended and it was a nice family momment that they all cheerfully went with me.

We dropped Karen off at the college (St. Joe) and began our 2 day highpointing and peakbagging trip.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:160 ft / 48 m
    Total Elevation Loss:160 ft / 48 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:West Road to Tower easement
    Start Trailhead:sag in West Rd at intersection with Jim Ride Out  470 ft / 143 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:West Road to Tower easement
    End Trailhead:sag in West Rd at intersection with Jim Rideout  470 ft / 143 m

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