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Ascent of Charity Benchmark Southeast on 2015-03-22

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Sunday, March 22, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Charity Benchmark Southeast
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:1860 ft / 566 m

Ascent Trip Report

A woods road/xcountry climb ..... 2.2 miles, 1:10 hours RT including time to look for the BM.

I used Michael Schwartz and Fred Lobdell TR's for this Harrison COHP and normally I would just refer to their reports without any comments, but in this case I have a few details to add.

1) If coming from north on Hwy #20 as we did, it is 13.6 miles south on #20 from Hwy I-79, exit 115 to a right turn on Upper Pecks Road(CR 2).
2) The TH parking spot at the saw mill is at 39.10092,-80.24118. The young man at the Trailer House was very nice, smiled the whole time we talked, he knew about the HP and yes I could park there.
3) I took the recommended gated center road northwest, ignored the 180 degree switchback to the right at 200 yards (to the left here is interesting remains of an old quarry) and took the lesser-use road to its left as it climbed the ridge (right-of-north) to the obvious first knob (39.10630,-80.24046). As I climbed this ridge I could see higher ground across the valley to the north (left) and a house down below.
When I got to first knob and saw the second knob to the east I immediately headed for it without really thinking and listening/following Fred's "revised directions". I also got confused until I properly re-read Fred, got out my compass and put on my thinking cap.
4) Once on the first knob (.6 miles from TH), one needs to listen to Fred " ..... a good woods road going off to your left. Take this road as ...... ". This road goes northwest .3 miles to the HP.
5) I continued northwest down the open ridge (2-300 yards) trying to find the Liberty BM, no luck.
6) I backtracked/descended to the TH in 18 minutes, the young gentleman was just getting ready to take his daughter out for an ATV ride. I went over to thank him and told him that I didn't find the BM. He said, "There are 2 small BMs there." This disappointed me some as I love finding BM .... my effort wasn't good enough.
7) As I wrote up this TR, I took a good look at the satellite image and read Richard Oestreicher's TR for the first time. It appears to me that he didn't take Michael's route, but rather the one recommended by the sheriff which is clearly shown on the satellite image. This route is shorter and perhaps could be better. However my recommendation ..... "Take Michale's route but read/listen to Fred once on the first knob." The reasons being, 1) The young man at the trailer house has no trouble with County High Pointers, 2) This is an enjoyable, more interesting route always on the ridge with partial views."

The hardest part of the last few days was the driving in WV, the hiking was a non issue.

HARRISON COUNTY WAS FOUNDED IN 1784 AND NAMED FOR BENJAMIN HARRISON, WHO HAD RECENTLY RETIRED AS GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA. HE WAS THE FATHER OF WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON, 9TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND GREAT-GRANDFATHER OF BENJAMIN HARRISON, 23RD PRESIDENT. AS OF THE 2010 CENSUS ITS POPULATION WAS 69,099, THE COUNTY SEAT IS CLARKSBURG."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:427 ft / 129 m
    Extra Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:woods roads nb from CR2
    Trailhead:upper pecks road(CR2)  1513 ft / 461 m
Descent Statistics
    Time:18 Minutes



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