TR - Britton Hill, FL (345')

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TR - Britton Hill, FL (345')

Postby Tropical Flab » Sat Jun 02, 2007 6:10 pm

Date: Friday, June 1, 2007
Group: Tropical Flab
Route: Southern Slopes
Total mileage: 0.011 Miles
Total elevation gain: ~ 1'

Despite the impending fury of Tropical Storm Barry :roll:, I set out yesterday morning to conquer Britton Hill, the lowest state high point. I hit the highway at 9:25AM; a little late, but there was plenty of drive to make up time. 360 miles (and $31.45 in gas) later, I approached the towering massif, just outside of Lakewood, FL, and mere yards from the Alabama border. From this point, you can see most of the route:

A closer look at the crux of the route:

Once reaching the parking lot, you must get out of the car and negotiate the rest of the route on foot. It was difficult, and I was really beginning to feel the altitude, but I managed to push through.

Here's a detail of the final pitch to the summit:

It was a triumphant moment when I reached the top. I quickly set up my tripod and took a picture. I wore my full 14er climbing gear. After all, it just wouldn't be a proper summit shot in shorts and a t-shirt. (I'll admit, it was a little bit warm)

Then I got down to the business of finding the summit register (it was in the rack of pamphlets attached to the bathrooms) and signing in for Talus Monkey and myself. I am very disappointed to have not had a can of Colt 45. However, I stopped at four different locations (grocery store, Wal Mart, and two gas stations) along the last 40 miles of my drive, and nobody stocked it. There was a ton of Old English and Steele Reserve, but not a drop of Colt 45 to be had :sad:.

Finally, some of the breathtaking views of from the summit. The southeast has some extreme exposure:

Spectacular other peaks to the northeast (most of these are in Alabama):
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Postby beazleys » Sat Jun 02, 2007 6:16 pm

I spend all my time training for peaks of Florida and this is the kind of post that gets me motivated! I really appreciate the degree of humor that you brought to this trip report and I just may PM you for more climb beta.

Thanks again!
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Postby Jcwhite » Sat Jun 02, 2007 6:19 pm

Nice push...I think i'd want a beer!!
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Postby Spam » Sat Jun 02, 2007 6:21 pm

Great TR. Glad to see you were able to stay on trail looked kinda hairy. Were you able to find crampons that worked on your Teva's?
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Postby Aubrey » Sat Jun 02, 2007 6:52 pm

=D> \:D/

Awesome job! LMAO right now.

Looks like there's a lot of challenging routefinding in that last -- and only -- pitch to the summit. I can see how one might easily stray to the left and get lost in the trees. Glad you made it back OK.
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Postby speedpolka » Sat Jun 02, 2007 6:57 pm

Did you need to rope-up for the final summit pitch. I looks really exposed. :lol:
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Postby Kojones » Sat Jun 02, 2007 7:30 pm


Climbing partner: "Is this uphill the whole way?"
Kojones: "No, only half the hike is uphill."
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Postby ccunnin » Sat Jun 02, 2007 7:56 pm

Now I'm exhausted.
Nearly blew beer bubbles out my nose laughing so hard.
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Postby krz2fer » Sat Jun 02, 2007 8:06 pm

lol.. amazing.
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Postby ajkagy » Sat Jun 02, 2007 8:08 pm

haha thats fantastic :D
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Postby stoliman » Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:41 pm

Good job on your summit. I've been there too! It's nice to have the digital images. When I was there all I had was my Kodak Disc camera...
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Postby Kevin Baker » Sun Jun 03, 2007 7:44 am

Thanks for promoting the highpoints, even for a lame one like FL's Britton Hill. At least you didn't have to climb it in the heat of summer!

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