Ascent of Montagne à Simoneau on 2010-08-01

Climber: Gabriel Couët

Date:Sunday, August 1, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Montagne à Simoneau
    Elevation:626 m / 2057 ft

Ascent Trip Report

note: I've decided that adding all man-powered distances and elevation gains into my ascents would count even if it included cycling to the location.

I lingered in my sleeping bag that morning. I got out around 7:45am and made breakfast. I then packed and left by 9:00am. I stopped a bit to talk with the man at the front desk before riding on.

The going was relatively easy but it was already hot and it was still very hilly. When I got to Saint-Adrien, I took HWY 216 towards Ham-Nord. Following the road, I then took a right onto Chemin Guertin (which is still HWY 216, but gravel). From there it was a long uphill until I reached the access road that leads to Montagne à Simoneau's summit.

I hid my bike and trailer in the ditch and started walking uphill. It was really easy on a gravel trail with wild raspberry bushes along the way. Near the antenna, I could hear a generator going full power. When I got to the clearing, I could see the antenna was not at the actual summit. At first, I located a place where I thought the benchmark would be, but didn't find it. I walked around the compound without luck and even checked some other rocks. I finally went back to the place that definitely looked like the summit and saw it. I had just missed it the first time. I then walked back down the road to my bike and ate some snacks.

This is the easiest of all 5 summits I visited this weekend.

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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:682 m / 2238 ft
    Elevation Loss:682 m / 2238 ft
    Distance:35.6 km / 22.1 mi
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Bicycle, Tent Camp
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:682 m / 2238 ft
    Extra Loss:491 m / 1611 ft
    Distance:34.1 km / 21.2 mi
    Route:road cycling and access road
    Trailhead:Mont Ham campground  435 m / 1430 ft
    Time Up:2 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:191 m / 627 ft
    Distance:1.6 km / 1 mi
    Route:access road
    Trailhead:junction - RTE Guertin & access road  435 m / 1430 ft
    Time Down:15 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: MRC HPs (july 2010) (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mont Adstock2010-07-30
2Mont Ham2010-07-31
3Montagne à Simoneau2010-08-01 a
4Mont Vianney2010-08-01 b
5Mont Sainte-Marguerite2010-08-02

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