Ascent of Calvert County High Point on 2014-05-14

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Calvert County High Point
    Elevation:188 ft / 57 m

Ascent Trip Report

I used Chip Clark's TR once again, many thanks to the group for the good work. Even though Chip's TR will get you there, this report aims to update/add a few details only where necessary. We visited all of the 6 Areas

#2 .... Access to the HP is not as easy as it sounds "..... across the farm field and in the woods.". We parked at the corner of Skinners/Investment Roads. The narrow field is a fenced-in grazing land, so I walked/bushwacked around the outside of the field's west fence (some thorny brush) to the south side fence inside the woods. Chose my spot south of our parked van, near the field's south fence ... 38.68428,-76.61135.

#4 .... We went to 2 different spots.
The first one as per Chip. It was too early to knock on #7320 James Clyde Road, so we parked at #7340 (the high ground less than 100 yards to the south). I walked south on the road, scrambled up the steep embankment on the right, then across tall grass/brush to the summit, my spot at 38.67995,-76.61963.
The second spot is further east on Skinners Run Road at mailbox #930 (across from Bay Star Concrete). We drove south on the driveway 40 yards to the HP in front of the garage, 38.68158,-76.61803.

#5 .... The Mount Harmony Church has an East and a West Cemetery, so Chip's statement " ....., the edge of the cemetery to the east of the church is 193.2 feet." was not clear to us. Our check says that Chip was talking about the northeast edge of the East Cemetery and we would agree, our GPS here 38.69849,-76.60294.
We also checked out Chip's spot 1/4 mile to the east. Chose spot at 50 yards north of Harmony Road, opposite High Point Court, 38.69970,-76.59969.

#6 .... We drove north on Thornberry Court (immediately west of junction Harmony/#260 in Paris) 200 yards to the crest-of-the-road (on left is house #8620). My HP was to the right at the fence, 38.70354, 76.58654.

This was our last MD COHP of this trip, tomorrow (our 8th day), we will drive home. Unfortunately we did not complete our goal ...... we will have to come back after the harvest for Queen Annes COHP. The plan for today was to drive through Washington, visit Hamilton Mountain and Reno Reservoir, before driving as far north as possible, overnighting in PA.

"THERE NEVER WAS ANY HEART TRULY GREAT AND GENEROUS THAT WAS NOT ALSO TENDER AND COMPASSIONATE." .... head stone engraving in Mount Harmony, MD. United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:228 ft / 69 m
    Total Elevation Loss:228 ft / 69 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:128 ft / 39 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 28 ft / 9 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:visit to 6 areas
    Start Trailhead:#7340 James Clyde Road  160 ft / 48 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:128 ft / 39 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 28 ft / 9 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Route:visit to 6 areas
    End Trailhead:#7340 James Clyde Road  160 ft / 48 m

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