Ascent of Benton County High Point on 2017-04-23

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Sunday, April 23, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Benton County High Point
    Elevation:915 ft / 278 m

Ascent Trip Report

910+ ft. and S.E. 915

Sunday, 4/23/2017

With one county done, the day now got a big thumb up. Next up after White County was Benton County. If time permits, the next stop should be Warren County, a single contour county about 10 miles away.

Satellite imagery showed that the area around the HP contours was now part of a large wind farm. In fact, the southernmost HP candidate is now just north of a windmill tower, and I considered parking at the windmill as an alternative way to get the county greened.

I set my GPS and noted that my route to the HP area followed the route described by John Mitchler in his trip report. The turn west from US41 is onto CR 300S. After one mile, turn north (right) onto CR 400W. In about 0.4mi, before you come to a farmhouse on the left, you will notice a gate with a gravel road beyond that goes to the windmill near the HP contours. On my visit, this gate was closed and chained shut. So using it for access was not an option. I continued the additional 0.2mi to the lane described by Mitchler. I crossed a cattle guard near the road and another one near the house at the far end. In between, to the right (north) was high ground near the crest in the road.

I parked at the house and rang the doorbell at the house. A short time later, Mr. Yates, the owner, opened the door. I told him why I was there, and he responded as though this was not the first time he had a visit like mine. He was aware of the various HP candidates near or on his property, and he consented to allow me to wander the fields with my car parked at his house.

I asked him about the Indian folklore about the property, and he fed a new part of the story. He told me there was an Indian chief, named Parish, who one night got drunk. He climbed a tree and then fell out of the tree and died. To honor his memory, the township was named after him. A look at my topo map confirms that these HP contours are in Parish Grove township.

Mr. Yates suggested that I walk west along the fence line until I came to a downed section that would be easy to cross. As advised, I crossed the fence and entered the farm field without difficulty. A GPS was not necessary as I hiked due south toward the nearest windmill, crossing the spot elevation 915 area in the process. I continued to the high ground near the windmill. I then turned northwest to visit the HP candidate near the corner of the field. Finally, I returned to the house by walking over the spot elevation area a second time.

I left the house and drove east along the lane to the high ground to the north. It was a brief wander as I walked north around a very large tree and then back to my jeep. Total effort to visit all these contours was about 30-40 minutes, including the owner chat.
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