Ascent of Armenia Mountain on 2013-06-17

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, June 17, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Armenia Mountain
    Elevation:2440 ft / 743 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a drive-up and the driving directions of "trailblazer" M Schwartz, in his TR of 2000, are still good.
The area has had some changes this past year, this according to a truck driver that stopped to ask "Area you OK".

A Gas Pipe Line right-of-way (east-west) is just north of the fenced-in Communication Tower and in-between this right-of-way and the fenced-in Tower is a new access road that leads to a Gas Metering/Relay Station just east of the Towers. This new road & installation is all fenced-in with a gate at the main road and is clearly shown on the Bing Satellite Map.

I walked the area and the right-of-way, eventually finding a spot to get inside the fenced-in Tower. I tried to get in via Dennis Stewart's chained-padlocked gate but it's not for me ..... I guess I'm somewhat thicker.
I was able to crawl under the gate for the new access road (on the right side, where it ties-in to the old Tower fence).

I checked out a bump inside the woods (north of the right-of-way and I believe the one that Michael refers-to) and it does not look natural. I went to the first house north (on Dusty's Lane) ..... the guy cutting the grass (whose been living here for 45 years) confirmed this (it's the result of drilling for a gas well). Apparently Bradford CO has over sixty Wind Turbines and a lot of gas wells.

Summary Total Data
    Route:drive up
    Trailhead:Sweeney Road  -9999 ft / -3047 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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