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Ascent of Ringgold County High Point on 2015-11-03

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ringgold County High Point
    Location:USA-Iowa
    Elevation:1280 ft / 390 m

Ascent Trip Report

Coming from Lenox I took J13 east to IA25 north to J13 east on the county line. I turned south onto a dirt road where the road into Union County is Eagle Ave. I pulled in to the house and knocked on the door to ask permission. A man named Bob Mohr came out and sat down to chat with me. He said that a man had been there about 11 years ago, looking for the highpoint. He said the man was from Michigan and was a teacher and wondered if I knew him. We talked for a few minutes about elevation and county borders. He seemed to be real excited that his land had this special attribute. He also told me that he likes to ride his horse on trail in the Ozarks which have a lot more rise and fall than here. I then walked south on the dirt road because I didn't want to go through a mud puddle with the Corolla. I found the highest of the contenders, Area 1, right next to the road on the west side. It was clearly higher than the contender on the east side just south of it (Area 2). I looked south to Area 3, which looked lower. I visited it anyway, and on sighting back it was hard to say as it looked pretty equal. Both sides of the road were harvested corn fields. For the final point (I used LiDAR to cut Ringgold down to just 4), I drove east on the county line road to a single large bin and parked. The field to the south was standing corn. Carefully maneuvering through the corn I made it to the unimpressive top.

Here are my LiDAR results. Let me know if you would like to see the metadata. Visit areas 1, 3, 5a, and 5b if you want to hit those within the vegetated margin of error which is 2.42', or just Area 1 if you use the bare ground margin of error of 1.21'.

Ringgold County: Six Areas 1280’+
Area 1: 1277.84’ on roadside berm, field itself is higher than the east side (Area 2) -winner
N40.89685 W94.39559
Area 2: 1277.53’ on roadside berm, clearly lower than Area 1 in person -runner up
N40.89641 W94.39546
Area 3: 1276.60’ field, looked lower from Area 1, but about equal with 1 when sighting back
N40.89498 W94.39619
Area 4: Slopes up to Area 3
Area 5a: 1275.17’ in field
N40.89831 W94.37933
Area 5b: 1276.31’ on roadside berm
N40.89911 W94.37864
Area 6: 1271.22’
N40.89702 W94.38164
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:27 ft / 7 m
    Total Elevation Loss:27 ft / 7 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:11 ft / 3 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 5 ft / 2 m; Extra: 6 ft / 1m
    Loss on way in:6 ft / 1 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Start Trailhead:Mohr's  1275 ft / 388 m
    Time:3 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:21 ft / 6 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 5 ft / 2 m; Extra: 16 ft / 4m
    Gain on way out:16 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.9 km
    End Trailhead:1275 ft / 388 m
    Time:15 Minutes



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