Ascent to Floyd County High Point-Floyd COHP 1st Runner Up on 2015-11-09

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, November 9, 2015
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Floyd County High Point - Floyd COHP 1st Runner Up
    Elevation:1212 ft / 369 m

Ascent Trip Report

After a LiDAR analysis, Floyd County was only reduced to three areas from the original five and unfortunately that includes the point in the NE corner of the county and two that are miles away at Echo and Mitchell Line. I started by driving by the one in the NE with spot elevation 1212'. The farmhouse shown on the topo nearest the top is gone. I drove around the south end of section 24, then back north on Windfall on the other side. I stopped at the first house on the right which had some pines along the road and lots of rusting equipment in the yard. A man came out and told me that I had overshot the county line and was now in Mitchell County. He said that I could park at his house if I wanted and walk out to the highpoint through the rough tilled cornfield in between us and that. I said I'd rather repark closer to the top. This may have not have been economical, however, because if I would have started walking right away I probably could have been back to my car sooner than what I did do, which was drive about three miles to where the old farmhouse was, and then walk out a freshly planted (at least it seemed like it with some tiny leaves sprouting out all over) field to the top. Thanks to my marathon training, my legs wanted to run out to the highpoint and that sped things up. I had my LiDAR coordinate to reach, but it seemed to be west of the crest ridge that is the 1210' contour on the topo. I walked a bit NE and SW on the ridge to make sure I hit the top.

After I returned to my car I drove to Echo and Mitchell Line for the second and third point. I went north on Addison, then left on 320th which is the next street. After going through Orchard I missed the turn south onto March Avenue, and had to backtrack through some tight turns next to and over a creek to get back to it. When March hit Lancer Ave I took a right, then a left on the next road which is the Mitchell Line Street. I took this over to the house which is just east of the highest contender, but no one answered the door. There was a dog that barked at me, but it was afraid of me and backed off once I got up to the door. This one would have taken two minutes to go into the harvested corn field, but to my misfortune, the second runner up was actively being harvested and the combine appeared to be minutes away from clearing the top of corn. I didn't want to get in their way, so I'll save this one for another date.

Here is my LiDAR analysis. Let me know if you have any questions regarding the data.

Area 1: 1212.77’ -first runner up
N43.20959 W92.56583
Area 2: 1210.51’
N43.20756 W92.95118
Area 3: 1212.52’ -second runner up
N43.21163 W92.94930
Area 4: 1211.15’ roadbed -artificial
N43.21210 W92.94472
Area 5: 1212.99’ -winner
N43.21193 W92.94199
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:44 ft / 13 m
    Total Elevation Loss:44 ft / 12 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:27 ft / 8 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 12 ft / 4 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.9 km
    Start Trailhead:Missing Farmhouse  1200 ft / 365 m
    Time:8 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:29 ft / 8 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 12 ft / 4 m; Extra: 17 ft / 5m
    Gain on way out:17 ft / 5 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    End Trailhead:Missing Farmhouse  1200 ft / 365 m
    Time:8 Minutes

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