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Ascent of Mont Pinçon on 2010-03-25

Climber: Lee Newton

Date:Thursday, March 25, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont Pinçon
    Location:France
    Elevation:363 m / 1191 ft

Ascent Trip Report

The only substantial hike (1 hour) of the trip. During a work assignment I stopped off en route at various French departmental highpoints. This one in the early evening after a meeting had a sting in the tail.

Although road access to very close seems possible (dirt track, no gates) I fancied a stroll before dinner. However, I only had a big scale map and some notes to follow so when I parked at the highpoint of the D54 north of le Plessrs Grimoult I didn't realise it was a little over 2km each way to the summit, rather than less. Anyway there is an interesting waymarked trail with numbered signboards. I recommend following this since the summit is one of the numbered places. The one before is a war memorial to a battle that was fought on the hill and it was it this point the threatening skies really opened. The rain was so heavy I was soaked to the skin in seconds. My goretex protected my core but somehow the lashing rain got halway up my sleeves, down my neck and up to my waistband. As a vetetran of many soakings on the west coast of Scotland I can honestly say I have never gotten so wet so fast.

After 20 minutes it stopped completely, as is often the way with these things, and I squelched my way back to the car. Overall it was rather a pleasant area with many birds proclaiming the coming of spring, at least before the monsoon set in.

When I got back to the hotel I got some funny looks - the proprietor was clearly amused but was too polite to say anything. However, a good Normandie Menu of scallops followed by rack of lamb and finished off with a large glass of the local calvados thoroughly replenished my spirits and re-warmed my cockles so to speak..

On the way back to Paris to fly home I planned another 2 quick stop offs so it was off for an early night.
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