Ascent of Bamberg County High Point on 2014-10-21

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bamberg County High Point
    Location:USA-South Carolina
    Elevation:290 ft / 88 m

Ascent Trip Report

LiDAR maps on Bamberg indicate that the county line may be drawn incorrectly on the USGS maps and should be about 200 yards further east, passing through the center of the hilltop marsh west of Mt Zion Road. If that's correct, it eliminates Area 1 as well as the site of the old house identified by Fred Lobdell on his 2000 trip. This might be a mapping glitch, but it needs to be checked further. The county line is not marked on the unpaved road that heads west from the T on Mount Zion Church Road. There is a woods road that seems to match the boundary plotted by LiDAR, but I'm just guessing that it follows the county line.

If I had been thinking, I would have backtracked out to US78 to get the longitude at the Barnwell-Bamberg signs. I'm not sure if the line is purely north-south, but it's close.

Based on where LiDAR drew the line, the Bamberg HP should be on the county line, at 33:21:28.26N, 81:12:56.27W. The elevation there is calculated at 294.233 feet, give or take a pine needle. This corresponds to COHP Area 3.

From US78, take Mount Zion Road to the T, turn left, look for a cotton field on your right, and the woods road is about 50 yards further on the left. Walk maybe 100 yards to the crest of the hill and explore.

There is a 296 contour to the west, so it appears that Fred's old house is indeed higher. The only question is: Is it in Bamberg County?
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LiDAR says this liner is the Bamberg COHP. However, LiDAR plots the county line about 200 yards east of where it is shown on the USGS quad. (2014-10-21). Photo by Tom Layton.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:Farm road  270 ft / 82 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)

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