Ascent of Pearson Hill on 2015-07-18

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Saturday, July 18, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pearson Hill
    Elevation:1951 ft / 594 m

Ascent Trip Report

1951 ft.

Saturday, 7/18/2015

The purpose of this trip was damage control. Though not the county (or state) HP, Pearson Hill is interesting to CoHPers because it shares a BM reading of 1951 with the state HP on Timm’s Hill. Recall that I had previously visited here on 1/14/2007. On that date, I did not have good location information. I had followed my nose into a field near the farm at the top of the hill. I was way off target, I found, when I got a look at a topo map. So I returned today to the Swanson Farm, determined to make this a successful summit.

I knocked at the farm door when I arrived, but no one answered. So I moved my car to a more “permanent” spot and set off to find the HP. From the farm house, I traveled N along an open grassy path into the woods. I continued generally NW and followed my compass to the ridge. I then utilized my GPS to confirm that I was approaching the summit area. I wandered around a bit and was successful in finding the Pearson Hill BM.

I returned to my car by bushwhacking SE. When I got back to Risberg Rd., I walked a short bit uphill to reach my car and “Wisconsin’s Highest Farm”. The total hike was a bit less than 1mi. R/T.

The thing I don’t understand is this: the Timm’s Hill BM is stamped “1952.868 Ogema Tower”. The Pearson Hill BM is stamped “Pearson Hill 1950.447”. My math says that is greater than a two foot difference. So this was an interesting exercise, but why is it considered to contend with Timm’s Hill for the HP title?
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