Ascent of Campbell Hill on 2010-10-16

Climber: Alan Barber

Date:Saturday, October 16, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Campbell Hill
    Elevation:1549 ft / 472 m

Ascent Trip Report

I flew into Columbus Ohio on Friday and stayed at a hotel near the airport. The next morning, I drove from Columbus on Highway 33 to Bellefontaine Ohio where the high point is located. The drive took about one hour and I exited on route 540 heading east. This is also called east Sandusky Avenue and less than a half mile down the road the high point is located on the right. It is on the campus of a vocational school. A number of small one story government service buildings near the road are passed on the approach to the gate. The gate on the access road to the vocational school was open, so I was able to drive to the top of the hill where the high point is located.

The weather was beautiful: crisp cool fall weather, a slight breeze, and clear sunny skies. The hill supposedly rises about 300 above the surrounding well manicured field. I observed all that as I drove to the top and parked in a parking lot. I visited on a Saturday and according to the web site the campus with the high point is open from 10 am to 4 pm. While I arrived about 9 am, the gate to the vocational school was already open.

The first thing one sees is the white sign advertising the presence of the high point. The highpoint elevation is 1549.09 feet. A marker was placed here by the US Coast and Geodetic survey in 1900 marking it as the Ohio high point. This became a NORAD early warning site in 1951 and operated as such until 1969. It was converted to civilian use as a vocational education center in 1974. The Geodetic survey marker is imbedded into the brick of the patio at the high point. There was a stone in the ground which commemorated the status of this site as a NORAD early warning location. There is a commemorative brass plaque which gives some of the history of the site. Campbell hill is named for Charles Bellefontaine who owned the land from 1896 to 1937.

The high point register is located in a brick “mail box” near the sidewalk to the high point. After signing I enjoyed the site a few minutes and took the obligatory summit shot, and left to start the 2 hour drive to Hoosier hill, the highpoint of Indiana.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear

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