Ascent of Mont Richardson on 2010-06-26
|Date:||Saturday, June 26, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||1179 m / 3871 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportWhen Luiza left me at the parking, it was 12:05pm. The time to hide my backpack and get ready, it was 12:10pm. I then started hiking up the easy trail. I jogged some parts of it but I generally just walked uphill at a steady pace. I soon passed a lady going uphill. Further up, I passed three young people just before the branch towards mont Joseph-Fortin.
There, the trail dipped down about a hundred meters to the col between the former and mont Richardson. I ran some of the way down. At the col, I crossed an old couple going down the mountain. I kept walking uphill past the col and met another lady coming down. I was maintaining a very steady pace and soon I met the treeline and some very fine scree talus. The trail wound up this hard terrain and I saw some figures moving around above me. When I met them, I realized it was a girl who had broken a hiking pole. I asked if they were okay, to which they answered yes. I kept going again and just before the summit, I passed another couple. There were already another couple resting on the summit and they were hiding from the strong and chilly wind. I was only wearing a lycra undergarment with a polyester shirt so I couldn't linger at the summit. I asked the arriving couple to take a summit pic and I looked at my watch. 1:11pm.
It had taken me just a minute over an hour to get here, which was a neat time. I readjusted my boot laces and jumped back down the trail to keep body heat produced. While running down, I crossed one of the young people I had met before and commented on his speedy ascent as I ran by. The clouds were menacing and some light hail started pelting my face. Furthermore, my joints were starting to ache a bit so I lowered down the pace. I had to walk up the other slope at the col as I was starting to run out of juice. I had nothing on me but my camera and I was starting to feel dehydrated. back at the trail fork, I could start to speed a bit as the terrain was easy here. The going got harder when the slope began to get steeper on the west face of mont Joseph-Fortin. Hard stone really stressed my knees and I was lacking the energy to go smoothly. Still, I passed everyone I had crossed on the way up.
About 200 meters before the parking, I was really tired and opted to walk the rest to cool down. I soon heard some running footsteps behind me and when I turned, I saw the young guy that had chased after me for the summit. He passed me and got to the parking a few seconds before I got there. I retrieved my pack and I ate some snacks while I chatted with him. When his partners arrived, I prepared to leave myself. I still had about 6 kilometers of road hike ahead of me.
Those were boring but easy, and at 3:10pm, I was back at the park service center where Luiza was waiting for me at the cafeteria. I used the public showers and got a hot soup which really put me back into shape. We then walked back to the camping to setup our tents.
Mont Richardson as seen from the trail near mont Joseph-Fortin's summit.
A disheveled me atop a windy mont Richardson.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||797 m / 2624 ft|
| Elevation Loss:||1147 m / 3772 ft|
| Distance:||19.3 km / 12 mi|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country|
| Weather:||Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy|
Changy weather with touches of hail
| Elevation Gain:||698 m / 2296 ft|
| Extra Loss:||99 m / 328 ft|
| Distance:||5.7 km / 3.5 mi|
| Route:||Mont Richardson trail|
| Trailhead:||580 m / 1903 ft|
| Time Up:||1 Hours 1 Minutes|
| Elevation Loss:||1048 m / 3444 ft|
| Extra Gain:||99 m / 328 ft|
| Distance:||13.6 km / 8.5 mi|
| Route:||Mont Richardson trail, Road 16|
| Trailhead:||Mont Albert camping 230 m / 755 ft|
| Time Down:||1 Hours 59 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Gaspésie (June 2010) (3 nights total away from roads)|
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