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Ascent of Delta County High Point on 2013-01-21

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, January 21, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Delta County High Point
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:590 ft / 179 m

Ascent Trip Report

A field walk to 5 areas ..... 1.5 miles RT for all 5 areas.

We used Dave Olson's TR of 2004 for directions which still apply, my purpose here is to update/add information. I have numbered the Areas a la Dave, the corresponding PB numbers are in brackets.

The village of Pecan Gap has a run-down look to it, we saw a number of abandoned/run-down buildings, more so than other places we have visited on this trip. Later in discussing the subject with a local resident, Morris White, he informed us that a number of people have passed away and their homes have been left unattended.

AREAS 1(5) & 2(4)
Ground conditions for these three areas haven't changed much. Mr. Crawford has passed away a number of years back and his house in now a crumbling/dilapidated mess with the back yard full of old cars. Larry (from Area 3) his neighbor, who took care him in his later years, was the executor of the will. the old guy had no relatives so he left his whole estate to the Salvation Army. The Pickards purchased the property.
I approached AREA 1(5) from FM904 starting at the County Line sign (just west of Crawford Street) and walking north a few hundred yards.
AREA 2(4). Pilgrims Rest is now signed Miller Road, the abandoned house to the northwest is still there. I approached Area 2(4) from the corner of Crawford/Miller, there is no fence here.

AREA 3(3). The brick house east of the Crawford's belongs to Larry. We met/chatted with Larry for a good while. He owns the property to the rear of his house, when I asked if he had cattle, "No I don't, I cut that whole field." The high ground is just behind his house at the trees.
Larry is a retired School Principal.

AREA 4(2). There is an abandoned looking house at the very north end of 2nd Street. In walking the area I believe the high ground is to the right inside the tall hedge row.

AREA 6(1). This Area is at the east end of town, we drove east out of town on FM128 and pulled in the a farm track on the right, opposite the house with a sign "White #401". We parked here.
I walked the soft track southeast 150+ yards to an E-W row of trees which I followed 400 yards to its corner where it turns south. I went south for a few hundred yards looking for high ground, stomped the area on the way back on both sides of the rows of trees. Nothing obvious. This whole area is plowed farm land.
When I got back I met Morris White who was in front of his house. He said to me, "Did you see my hog traps."
"Well they are out there, perhaps you didn't go far enough."
Morris and friends hunt deer and hog, apparently they area a problem for the farmers.
When I told him of the other contending High Point Areas he said, "I don't think so, this is the highest point in the county, people have checked it out."

"MISSED ONE SUMMIT THIS TIME,
SHOULD HAVE TRIED IT BUT WHAT FOR,
MANY TALL FENCES TO DEAL WITH,
DON'T CARE TO RISK IT ANYMORE."






Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:70 ft / 21 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:visit to 5 areas in pecan gap
    Trailhead:Pecan Gap  560 ft / 170 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country



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