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Ascent of Telegraph Hill on 2012-05-20

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Sunday, May 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Telegraph Hill
    Location:USA-Massachusetts
    Elevation:279 ft / 85 m

Ascent Trip Report

A drive up ...... less than a mile RT.

After the disappointing visit to Signal Hill with its polluted views I decided to try again ...... this time hitting a home run. I found my way to Cape Cod's Hwy intersection 6/130, exit 2, and drove south on 130, past the crest-of-the-road for .68 miles to a left on Sandwich Fire Tower Road (the sign is high up on the pole).
There are no posted signs here so I drove the dirt road northeasterly (past the "FAA Air Traffic Control Complex") for .43 miles to the summit ........ capped with a fenced-in Fire Tower with Communication Facilities, a car was parked next to the open man-gate. I would find out that the gate is locked when no one in present.
The summit is wooded, the only views are at the top of the Fire Tower. I found the BM is embedded in concrete near the gate "US&G Survey, TEL. HILL, 1934."

A greeting voice from above got my attention, "Good Morning", as I looked up and saw the greeter's upper body out of the Tower Cabin's window.
"Hi good morning, am I allowed to climb up."
"Yea sure, but watch you step", came the reply.
"Great, here let me take a photo of you", as I readied my camera.

Doug works for the State as a Fire Watcher on Cape Cod, which has 8 Towers, 4 of which are staffed. They work 10-6, 7 days a week, but only on day's deemed necessary (example, they don't work during wet weather).
The cabin is equipped with communication equipment, radio, large maps of the area and in the middle of the cabin an ALDAY round table (?) , looks like a large horizontal compass) ... used to identify fire directions in degrees.

The panorama of flat Cape Cod is superb, on a clear day you can see Provincetown at the tip of the Cape (not today), You can not see Boston from here. With Doug's help I was able to see Pine Hill to the southeast ..... definitely the highest ground in the distant, he was well aware the it was Barnstable COHP but didn't know about the "CoHP.org".

I must note that the view from this Fire Tower "unlike Signal Hill" is mostly pollution free .... except for a sand quarry to the south, there are no Wind Turbines or transmission towers to speak-of. A beautiful virgin view. Hopefully it will stay this way.

I'm off for my 15h00 hour rendezvous with Adam Helman and his group at the Camp Edwards Entrance, for my final MA COHP.

"NOTHING COMPARES TO THE SIMPLE PLEASURES OF A HIGH-UP VIEW."
Summary Total Data
    Route:drive up from hwy 130
    Trailhead:hwy 130  -9999 ft / -3047 m



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