Ascent of Cook County High Point on 2016-03-16

Climber: Andrew Karr

Date:Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cook County High Point
    Elevation:320 ft / 97 m

Ascent Trip Report

I came in from the west and started at PB Area 1. Knocked at the front door of the house but since there was no answer headed towards the fields. It was clear that the fields were plowed a little lower and the highest natural ground was at the edge of the yard before the fields. As I was leaving, a gentleman pulled up. I hailed him and explained what I was doing, and he was happy to give me retroactive permission. We talked about the geology of the area and Indian artifacts that he had found in his fields. He mentioned a World War II tower that had existed on the property at some point. Very fine gentleman. I then drove north to the communications tower, on his recommendation. Hopped the gate and hit the high ground north of the tower, PB Area 2.

Crossed the highway to the north and came back into Cook County. Just south of the Tift/Cook line, I pulled over and entered the signed but largely abandoned property to access area 4. A dirt track led back towards the highway and the higher ground.

At the main area I knocked on the door and got permission to walk around the fields. Again, a very friendly gent.

Drove back north on 41 and used the private RR crossing at the county line, parked next to the tracks. Walked the county line fence into the fields. As shown on the old topos, there are fields on the Cook side for the first quarter mile or so and then you can slip catty-corner into Tift county and cross into the woods on the Cook side when you think you've found your areas (PB 5 and 6). Be warned, the woods are INTENSE southeast bushwhacking. Brambles and stickers everywhere, and a rattlesnake gave me notice at one point. Wear high boots, long sleeves, and orange (I saw a few signs of hunters).

Then drove back to Medford Rd to claim areas 7 and 8. As I write this report, I realized I missed tiny area 9. Ah well, for another day!

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