Ascent of Poverty Point on 2018-06-26

Climber: Fred Lobdell

Date:Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Poverty Point
    Elevation:100 ft / 30 m

Ascent Trip Report

I thank John Mitchler for his excellent and very comprehensive trip report on the COHP Web site.

A very minor correction: it lies west of Macon (not Marcon) Bayou, which is pronounced mason.

And one addition: it was designated a World Heritage Site by the UN in 2014.

Wikipedia says that the most recent activity was a around 600 BCE, whereas information at the site gives that date as around 1600 BCE. Regardless, it was a long time ago.

I spent the best part of an hour trying to find and stand on the highest "natural" ground, if any is left here. There are a half dozen curved ridges, best seen from the air. The caretakers have tried to leave the grass higher over the ridges, but it's still not easy to distinguish them. The wooded areas have some quite large trees, but if they've been growing for 2500 to 3500 years, one would expect them to be large. I also ascended Mound A, the highest ground in the entire parish, but obviously manmade.
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    Weather:Hot, Clear
Hot and humid

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