Ascent of Decatur County High Point on 2012-11-10

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen
Karen Musser
Daniel Musser <1846> Sarah Musser
Date:Saturday, November 10, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Decatur County High Point
    Elevation:330 ft / 100 m

Ascent Trip Report

CHPers use Denis Dean's report for details of the candidate points. This is simply a personal log.

Of all of the candidate HPs, I am only reporting what was most interesting to me (the one where the old Fire Tower was supposed to be). I visited the others candidate HPs which were all on private lands right off of public roads. I was hoping to find at least one HP candidate for some sort of hike to break up the day from driving all the way up to Tallahassee - without more door knocking or stealth tresspassing. The best I could find for that CHPing goal was the tower.

Of the candidate spots my one take-away memory worth recording:
We were on our way to Thomasville GA to visit an old HS friend we had not seen in 33 years! and I had my FSU daughter and son with us. We parked at the end of Aiprline Cemetery Road. There is a small cememtery there and the age was (if I remmeber correctly) 1860. The land falls away from the gravesite so I ventured down hill into the nearby ravine so I could endulge myself with a walk where I could at least feel some vertical gain since I detest horizontal Highpointing even if my objection is on priciple alone and the vertical is of little, if any consequence (peakbagging roots not highpointing roots).

K & I walked along the road and Daniel and Sarah road along behind us. There was one house along the road and had two dogs guarding their house. We wanted to have quick refuge in case this rarely used clay road was a dog attack ready to happen. The dogs of course barked crazily as we went by and the resident came out and thought our car traveling behind us was in need of assistance and offered help (not knowing it was the 2 snapping dogs that had us walking close to the vehicle. Ha! The summit is anticlimatitic and the best part of the journey was see saw fields white with full blooming cotton, rows of pecan trees in the back country and two big Fox Squirels.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:80 ft / 24 m
    Total Elevation Loss:10 ft / 3 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:nice day cool
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:80 ft / 24 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 70 ft / 21 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:clay road
    Start Trailhead:Ravine by Cemetery  260 ft / 79 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km

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