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Ascent of Fisk Benchmark on 2015-05-26

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Fisk Benchmark
    Location:USA-Michigan
    Elevation:1063 ft / 324 m

Ascent Trip Report

Arrived in the rain again. Parked at the parking lot of a county park that is actually ...get this...dedicated to being nothing but the highest point in the county! I jogged down to the intersection of 21 Mile Road and Algoma to make a small depression near the horses my theoretical Trailhead TH. It took 35 minutes to drive from the last CHP to this spot and I was not about to simply walk up this mundane MI highpoint without getting some steps for my pedometer and get my pulse up again. So I jogged to the TH and then walk-jogged up the hill until I found the first deep hill cut and jogged up to it and back down and then found the hill to the Bench Mark (BM). At the top there is a concrete monument BM and a sofa to watch the sunset. The sofa was soaked in the rain but the view was certainly better than most MI CHPs. I was still not winded so I found 5 separate lines to jog up and down the hill 5 times before meandering my way back to the car. Then off the Iona CHP which is so flat it will be a challenge to get any meaningful exercise with it. But I am still short of my 15,000 daily pedometer steps so....off I went for more.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:253 ft / 76 m
    Total Elevation Loss:120 ft / 36 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 1+
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Overcast
68F and drizzling
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:133 ft / 40 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Algoma to hills to peak
    Start Trailhead:Intersection of 21 mile and Algoma  930 ft / 283 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:120 ft / 36 m
    Gain on way out:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:various hills to parking
    End Trailhead:Parking Lot  
Ascent Part of Trip: MI-5-2015

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Muskegon County High Point2015-05-26 a272 ft / 83 m
2Fisk Benchmark2015-05-26 b253 ft / 77 m
3Ionia County High Point2015-05-26 c23 ft / 7 m
4Montcalm County High Point2015-05-26 d210 ft / 64 m
Total Trip Gain: 758 ft / 231 m    Total Trip Loss: 425 ft / 130 m



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