mloser Posted September 5, 2006 Share Posted September 5, 2006 I set out today to find KW3112 ELLENDALE. It is on top of a nearby mountain, or what we PA folks call mountains (western folks may laugh as much as they want), elevation about 1,500 feet or so. I saw that a road went to the top of the mountain so I figured I would drive up it and walk along the ridge for the mile or so it would take to reach the mark. Problem number 1--the road was gated. The mountain is a PA Game Lands area. Ok, no big deal, I can walk up a road. So I headed up the road. About a mile into my walk I decided it would be smarter to just head cross country, up the side of the mountain, instead of walking another mile up the road and then backtracking along the ridge to the station. Problem number 2--the hill was STEEP! And covered with rocks and boulders. My 20 pounds of benchmarking junk in my backback was weighing heavily on me, and as I stumbled and rested, rested and stumbled, up the slope, I thought of turning back a few times. But the description kept me going. I was hoping to see some evidence of the 30 foot tower from 1934. Not counting on it, just hoping. Problem number 3--bad satellite coverage. While I kept GPS coverage MOST of the way, there were a few dropouts, and when I got to the area where the mark was supposed to be the foliage made reception poor. I lost coverage a number of times and often the accuracy was 20 or more feet. Problem number 4--the hill was COVERED with rocks and boulders. None of them fit the description of the rock the mark was on, but enough were close enough to make searching difficult. The GPS kept pointing in different directions. The place it pointed to most made no sense as it was quite a bit lower than the ridge line and was in a pile of huge boulders, of which no mention was made. Nor would it have been a good place to set up a tower. To the south, on the next mountain, was LINGLE, mentioned in the description as being a substitute azi. Yet also to the south on the same ridge was a huge outrop of rock about 15 feet high. I guess the tower would have been high enough to see over it, but why set the mark on the downslope. Problem number 5--the distances and elevations to the reference marks didn't make sense. If the station was actually where my GPS indicated RM 2 couldn't be 8 feet lower, at least not in the direction it was described, since that was uphill, towards the ridge. Problem number 6--no metal detector. I shoulda, but I didn't. I do know that if I had tried to carry one up the slope I would have given up earlier. The pack and my walking stick were already too much. The end result was that I wondered around the ridge for well over an hour, kicking dirt off every rock I saw. Most of the viable rocks had moss and about an inch of dirt on them. I had no luck whatsoever. I tried looking for RM 1, since it seemed the easiest to find, but found nothing at all. Nada. Zip. Honestly, I almost cried after all it took to get there. Coming back down the slope was not really any easier than going up. I was already tired, and loose rocks made footing bad. It was a complete failure of a hunt. After I got my strength back (a fast food burger and huge soda) I was tempted to go home, but instead headed out to find 3 marks I had put off since they are on a railroad bridge, and a very busy one at that. I was lucky enough to meet a homeowner who lived near the bridge and he let me access the tracks from his property, giving me much closer access than I previously had. It was a small consolation though. Quote Link to comment
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