Ascent of Mont Camille-Pouliot on 2010-06-07

Climber: Gabriel Couët

Date:Monday, June 7, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont Camille-Pouliot
    Elevation:979 m / 3215 ft

Ascent Trip Report

This was a spur of the moment climb. I was walking back from an already tiresome weekend to l'Étape. I was only 5 minutes away from it that I crossed the power line trench going to Mont Camille-Pouliot's col. I glimpsed at my watch and saw that I still had 2 hours and 40 minutes to wait for my bus. I looked up and told myself I could bag this and be back early enough to have something to eat while waiting.

So I went up the service road and left my pack. Walking along the newly made trench was hard. There was debris everywhere and I had to scramble a bit to make my way through. A little bit further up, I saw an old trail that seemed to go up the south ridge and decided to follow it. It was a wise choice, for a while. The trail soon vanished and all that remained to guide me were the clearly artificially cut stumps of small trees. Even those disappeared and I was left bushwhacking it commando style in what was as tiresome as the earlier stuff. The summit was uncertain. Visibility was too short and I couldn't know what was the highest spot so I walked the whole summit ridge.

When I got to the other side, I decided to just go straight down for the col and the trench. Wrong choice. Going down proved quite hard. I faced 3-stories high pitches a few times where I had to route-find my way, all of it on uncertain footing. That damn peat makes everything not hold firmly. I eventually made it back to the trench and followed the service road all the way to my pack. I was back at l'Étape at 1:45pm.

This summit is clearly not worth the climb except for the fact is has a toponym. Aside from that, it's a waste of energy.

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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:179 m / 590 ft
    Elevation Loss:189 m / 623 ft
    Distance:4.4 km / 2.7 mi
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:179 m / 590 ft
    Distance:1.5 km / 1 mi
    Route:power line trench and bushwhack
    Trailhead:Highway 175 power line crossover  800 m / 2625 ft
    Time Up:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:189 m / 623 ft
    Distance:2.8 km / 1.8 mi
    Route:bushwhack and road hike
    Trailhead:L'Étape  790 m / 2592 ft
    Time Down:45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Lac Beauséjour (June 2010) (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mont Camille-Pouliot - Sommet Ouest2010-06-05 a
2Mont Camille-Pouliot - Sommet 10672010-06-05 b
3Mont du Lac Sérénité2010-06-06
4Mont du Lac Ben2010-06-07 a
5Mont Camille-Pouliot2010-06-07 b

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