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Ascent of Plomb du Cantal on 2010-05-13

Climber: Lee Newton

Date:Thursday, May 13, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Plomb du Cantal
    Location:France
    Elevation:1855 m / 6086 ft

Ascent Trip Report

An easy ascent from the Col de Prat de Bouc, which is reached using a minor road running southwest from Murat. Plenty of parking at the col. The GR400 (signposted) runs from here all the way to the summit. The heather and moorland, soft spring snow, mist and drizzle made me feel like I was in Scotland in the spring (perhaps around Glenshee somehwere). Two ptarmigans high up on the ridge did little to dispel the notion. The summit had some steepish ground leading up to it which was not improved by the wet snow and then suddenly I hit a wooden staircase which would have seemed bizarre had I not already seen one on Puy de Sancy a few days earlier..
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:460 m / 1506 ft
    Distance:5 km / 3.1 mi
    Route:ESE ridge
    Trailhead:Col de Prat de Bouc  1395 m / 4580 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 0 Minutes



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