Ascent of Defiance County High Point on 2012-03-14

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Defiance County High Point
    Elevation:880 ft / 268 m

Ascent Trip Report

This County has 8 Candidate High Point Areas and once again I used Bob Schwab's excellent detailed TR as my guide, everything still applies and all one needs is to read Bob (except for the new owners at Area 7 & 8) ....I add a few notes.

The high ground of Areas 1, 3, & 4 are fairly obvious, just chose your spot.
Area 2 is a longer walk to the corner of the woods, after checking out the area inside the woods, I chose my spot, 40 yards west of the southeast corner of the jog, just inside the woods, GPS 41.42011,-84.71380.

AREA 5 .... 300 yards RT.
We were able to park beside hwy 49, 300 yards south of 249, right opposite the obvious high ground. I walked west in the corn field 150 yards and chose my spot GPS 41.37951,-84.75025.
AREA 6 .... .75 miles RT
We drove south on 49 another 300 yards and parked, the HP is west at about 700 yards.
I walked west to the west-end of the open grass field (about 400+ yards) at a north-south Tree-Line. I walked over a broken-down fence at an animal path (a pond is to the south at 50 yards) and continued in open field to the obvious high ground at about 200 yards ..... I chose my spot at GPS 41.37698,-84.75521.

AREAS 7 & 8 ..... .75 miles RT
We drove to the Seevers Road farm house #3419 and went to the door, the lady said that it was ok to walk her land but I best ask her husband, "He's working in the back and can direct you to the spot."
Phillip was working with a few friends clearing a cedar tree that was damaged by wind. He pointed out the HP locations, both on his land, he didn't have any problem with me walking his land.
He bought this 79 acre farm 7 years ago and has been working hard ever since trying to get it into shape, besides the farm he has a part time job.
AREA 7 ... I walked a track north, then a fence line east to a north-south animal track between 2 fence lines, the high ground is obvious. I chose a spot 25 yards west of the animal track, perhaps 300 yards from Seevers Road, GPS 41.37150,-84.75884. To the northeast at 100 yards is a Hunter's Stand at the corner of the woods.
AREA 8 .... I continued north on the animal track less than 200 yards to the high ground (10 yards further north is the corner of 2 fields with 2 wooden posts. I chose my spot right on the fence line, GPS 41.37372,-84.75868.
When I got back to the house Phillip thought that Area 7 was north on the Hunter's Stand, so we went back together to check it out, (He said that a previous High Pointer chose that as his spot).
An obvious bump is 50 yards north of the Hunter's Stand at woods edge, my GPS 41.37239,-84.75768. My eye-level told me it is lower than the one I chose.
This house has exceptional friendly people, Phillip took time from his work to help me, the lady of the house sent her son with a plate of cookies for Rose, as she waited for me at the car.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:160 ft / 48 m
    Extra Gain:70 ft / 21 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:corn field walks to 8 areas
    Trailhead:hwy 249/49  860 ft / 262 m

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