Ascent of Mont de la Galette on 2010-03-02

Climber: Gabriel Couët

Date:Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont de la Galette
    Elevation:1078 m / 3537 ft

Ascent Trip Report

At the col, I now knew I had to get up the slope. It looked very hard, snowfall obviously being unevenly distributed over fir branches. I tried bushwhacking through in a straight line but it proved to be extremely hard. I went back to the trail and moved a few dozen meters ahead. I now could see a slight clearing down what seemed like a stream gully. I started ascending mont de la Galette's north 'ridge'. I soon gained foot on a false summit where flora was less dense. I now moved straight towards the summit just before which I should have joined with a trail.

I stumbled on it and to my right was standing a building. I approached what seemed like a hunting lodge, closed for winter. I could have climbed the snow bank to its roof so sunk in it was. I kept going after circling the building and soon reached the summit. I looked around for remains of the fire tower but without luck. I heard talking voices and looked towards petit mont de la Galette. I soon saw Francis and François preparing for a descent on ski and snowboard. I shouted to them to notice of my presence. We were only a few hundred meters away and we could actually talk to each others without raising our voices. I could also see the rest of the group to my west on a ridge above lac de la Tour. I waved to them and gestured that I was on my way.

I wanted to cut the descent short so I moved towards the west slope. It was very steep, about 45 degrees, but densely covered with trees. I had no trouble skiing my snowshoes down and near the bottom, I joined a trail that reached the lake's shore. After crossing it, I emerged at the ridge right in front of my friends. We were soon joined by the two others that were gliding down from petit mont de la Galette.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:98 m / 322 ft
    Elevation Loss:116 m / 378 ft
    Distance:1 km / 0.6 mi
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:98 m / 322 ft
    Extra Loss:20 m / 66 ft
    Distance:0.6 km / 0.4 mi
    Route:Dense bushwhack
    Trailhead:north of Mont de la Galette  1000 m / 3281 ft
    Time Up:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:96 m / 312 ft
    Distance:0.3 km / 0.2 mi
    Route:bushwhack straight down
    Trailhead:Lac de la Tour  982 m / 3225 ft
    Time Down:5 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: ZEC des Martres 03-2010 (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1(Attempt) Mont Raoul-Blanchard2010-03-01 a
2Montagne de l'Accueil-col below summit2010-03-01 b
3Montagne de l'Accueil-col below summit2010-03-01 c
4Petit mont de la Galette2010-03-02 a
5Mont de la Galette2010-03-02 b
6Montagne de l'Accueil2010-03-02 c

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