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

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hampton County High Point
    Location:USA-South Carolina
    Elevation:150 ft / 45 m

Ascent Trip Report

The largest of the eleven 150-foot contours was already considered the likely HP, and LiDAR maps confirmed it for us.

Do this one after harvest season, because the high point is in the back of a half-mile-wide circular field. When we arrived Oct. 21, the peanut harvesters were still finishing up, but they allowed us to drive across the fields (4WD needed).

Take SC3 northwest from Estill SC. At the Allendale County line, turn right onto Branch Road/S-3-104, which follows the county line. After about a mile, you'll reach the field on your right, which is distinguished by a quarter-mile center-pivot irrigation system. If you look at aerial photos and envision a clock, you'll see a field road that goes from 10:30 to 4:30 and another road that goes to 7:30. The high point is at 6:00--due south from the center hub. Follow the ridge into the woods about 100 yards to find the HP at N 32.79812 W 81.30621. LiDAR measured the elevation at 154.95 feet.
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LiDAR of Hampton SC COHP. The road at the bottom should be labeled Matthews Bluff, not Hampton Bluff. This road is signed SC3 north from Estill SC. (2014-10-21). Photo by Tom Layton.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Trailhead:140 ft / 42 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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