Ascent of Mont du Lac Ovide on 2011-01-10

Climber: Gabriel Couët

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, January 10, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont du Lac Ovide
    Elevation:1039 m / 3412 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Following my ascent of mont du lac des Roches, I was left with this one for the day. It was early still, but I wasn't sure what laid ahead of me. I tried to find the trail marked on the maps along the powerline trench, without luck. I knew it was supposed to follow a brook, so I dove in the woods towards it.

It wasn't too hard to navigate at first but the trail was totally absent. I never found any reference to it and think it's a mapping error. I reached the spot where it's supposed to cross the stream. I doubt it does as the stream gets wider there and becomes a pond. I broke through ice trying to cross and nearly got wet.

I kept going on the northern side of the brook and after an hour or so reached lac Ovide. I could see it through the trees and the slope north towards the summit was in sight. The ascent was pretty hard, having to zig-zag through conifers and powder. Some spots were easier, but near my goal, I had the hardest way as the trees were smaller and more difficult to cross.

I finally reached the peak. It was a big suprise to me but it was bare. There's a naked bump in the middle of a clearing at the summit. The sky was clear, it wasn't too windy, and I had nice views of mont François-de-Laval. I ate some snacks and started back down. I simply followed my footsteps and going down was easier than going up as the trail was already broken.

Getting back to the powerline trench was arduous and boring. A slow but cluttered uphill in wooded terrain is the worst. It took a while but I made it back to the trench and from there it was only a formality to get back to my tent. I decided to stay the night but no try for any other summits I had planned. The next morning I would leave for the road and wait for the bus there.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:319 m / 1050 ft
    Elevation Loss:920 m / 3019 ft
    Distance:6.1 km / 3.8 mi
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes, Tent Camp
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:189 m / 623 ft
    Distance:0.8 km / 0.5 mi
    Route:Dense bushwhack
    Trailhead:Shores of Lac Ovide  850 m / 2789 ft
    Time Up:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:920 m / 3019 ft
    Extra Gain:130 m / 427 ft
    Distance:5.3 km / 3.3 mi
    Route:Backtracked my steps
    Trailhead:Forêt Montmorency access road  249 m / 820 ft
    Time Down:2 Hours 55 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Réserve faunique des Laurentides Jan. 2011 (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mont du Lac des Roches2011-01-10 a
2Mont du Lac Ovide2011-01-10 b
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Gabriel Couët
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