Ascent of Holmes County High Point on 2014-08-01

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, August 1, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Holmes County High Point
    Elevation:1380 ft / 420 m

Ascent Trip Report

A drive up and a bushwack .... about 2km of total walking for all 4 Areas.

My source of information was Bob Schwab and Richard Oestreicher's Trip Reports and it's all one needs to succeed. The purpose of this TR is to update/provide more detail.

AREAS 1, 2 & 3 (Southwest of Nashville in Strip Mine Dump).
From the village of Nashville we drove east on route #39/60 for 150 yards to a right turn on CR52, 1.65 miles south (just after going over the crest of the road with a yellow house on the right) turned left onto a service road (which is also the driveway for the old abandoned house) which climbs easterly climbs 300 yards to a tall Communication Tower. We parked here and explored/stomped the whole area.
I agree fully with Bob's conclusions and have nothing to add except for my findings.
I found a BM at 20 yards southwest of the Tower among 3 wooden staked with pink tape, "US COAST & GEODETIC SURVEY, KNOX 1950" at GPS 40.57360,-82.10488. The high ground in this immediate area is 25 yards north inside the woods.
Higher ground presently exists 100 yards southwest at a small ridge, definitely not natural (due to the mine activities), my GPS 40.57281,-82.10403.
** I am of the opinion that this area should have one only Candidate High Point Area (and not 3), and it should be at the BM.

AREA 4 (West of Nashville)
I used Richard Oestreicher approach route. I agree that this route has no access issues even though I believe it is probably more difficult. Bob's route is probably easier but it requires approval.
From Nashville we took route 39/60 west for 1.8 miles to a left on CR466, .5 miles south we arrived at the crest-of-the-road and mailbox #6563 on the right (this is Bob's farm house), and in another .5 miles south turned right at the T-Junction onto CR211, .25 miles west parked the van on the side of the road at GPS 40.59001,-82.14887. This was my TH.
I bushwacked a line left of magnetic north to the summit, estimated at less than .4 miles. From the TH I dropped down/crossed the stream at 50 yards, then climbed very steeply 100 yards to easier grades in very open woods (easy). The last part of the wack is in fairly dense underbrush with some briars, not difficult.
I arrived at the southwest-northeast ridge and came-to an overgrown track (with a path) just before/parallel to the ridge. This whole area has fairly dense brush. The HP is just north at 30 yards inside the brush at GPS 40.59430,-82.15179.
After locating this HP I went looking for Bob's other spot. I turned right on the path and followed it northeast 150+ yards to and open grass fallow field (size of a football field). I walked to its north end, choosing a HP at 75 yards from the south, GPS 40.59643,-82.15049.
At the northwest corner of this grass field I identified Bob's road, coming-in from the northeast.
I can not say which of these 2 areas is "the" HP for AREA 4.
I backtracked to the TH.

We moved on to the Coshocton County HP.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:360 ft / 109 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:visit to all 4 areas
    Trailhead:CR52 & 211  1060 ft / 323 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack

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