Ascent of Mont Xalibu on 2010-06-26

Climber: Gabriel Couët

Date:Saturday, June 26, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont Xalibu
    Elevation:1139 m / 3740 ft

Ascent Trip Report

The preceding night was uneventful. We woke up a few times during the night to stir around as Luiza and I had zipped our sleeping bags together for added warmth, which was welcome; the platform made for cold air flowing under the tent. It rained from around 5:30am through 7:30am. We decided to get up when it stopped. Fixing breakfast and drying as much stuff as possible took a while and we left camp around 9:00am.

From there it wasn't long before we hiked past the cabin. There were still people inside and it smelled good of firewood. We kept going and about 40 minutes later, we were inside the clouds near mont Xalibu's summit. There was a short spur to take to get there, and Luiza stayed behind. I dropped my pack and ran up, coming down staight away. There were no views and it was chilly up there.

Then we started descending along the crest. We were lucky to catch a break in the clouds from then on. This is the most beautiful piece of trail in the whole of Parc de la Gaspésie and it was as beautiful as I half-remembered from when I had hiked it (although almost completely engulfed in the clouds then) when I was around 11 years old. We met some of our campmates that had left a little before us that morning when they took a break there. They left as we stopped for pictures and we never saw them again. Then when we got to the treeline, we started to see hikers coming up. From there it was a formality to get down to lac aux Américains, which would be our lunch break. We stopped there around 15 minutes, time to eat and drink. From there we hiked towards the parking, where Luiza and I would separate. She would go back to the park service center while I would hike to mont Richardson and then back to the service center. But as soon as she engaged in the trail, she faced a huge 'closed' sign. She decided to follow the road with me and keep going along the road instead of the trail. When we got to mont Richardson's parking area, we kissed goodbye and I was on my own.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:109 m / 361 ft
    Elevation Loss:598 m / 1968 ft
    Distance:8.9 km / 5.5 mi
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:109 m / 361 ft
    Extra Loss:39 m / 131 ft
    Distance:2.6 km / 1.6 mi
    Route:Standard west/east trail
    Trailhead:La Camarine camping  1069 m / 3510 ft
    Time Up:0 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:559 m / 1837 ft
    Distance:6.3 km / 3.9 mi
    Route:Standard west/east trail
    Trailhead:Mont Richardson parking area  580 m / 1903 ft
    Time Down:2 Hours 20 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Gaspésie (June 2010) (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mont Jacques-Cartier2010-06-25 a
2Mont de la Table2010-06-25 b
3Mont de la Table-Sommet Nord2010-06-25 c
4Mont de la Table2010-06-25 d
5Mont Xalibu2010-06-26 a
6Mont Richardson2010-06-26 b
7Mount Olivine2010-06-27

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