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Ascent of Mont Bernard on 2011-04-15

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Friday, April 15, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Bernard
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:472 m / 1549 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Snow/ice covered multi purpose track from northwest side ...... 3.3km, 80 minutes RT.

From the "Vieux Village" of Bromont (just south Auto-route 10, exit 78) we picked up Chemin de Gaspe just west of the church and traveled south on Gaspe for 2.6km to a left on Chemin Missisquoi which we followed to a T-junction at 1.6km, rue Irlandais is to the right and Missisquoi Nord continues to the left. We turned/climbed left (northeast) for .2km and parked the van at the start of a multi-purpose track on the right. It is posted as Trail #3 & #5 (motorized vehicles not allowed), the summit is to the southeast, this is the TH.

I followed the snow/ice covered track, as it climbs/winds generally east towards the col, at about .75km (just before the col's height-of-land) I turned right on the posted track #17 which loops counterclockwise around the west side to a height-of-land on the south side of the summit at about 1km. Track #17 continues/descends to the southeast side, an unnumbered track left/climbs a short 150M north to the summit and beyond.

A large official-looking sign names this summit "Mont Bernard, 472M", unlike goggle's map name "Mont Joie". It is an open partly rocky summit, I chose my highground at a GPS reading of 45.28081, 72.65584.
The mountain is part of a network of multi-purpose trails for the mountains of the Bromont area. Maps are available at the tourist office. It has outstanding views, the Sutton Ski Area is to the south and on a clear day Mont Royal/Montreal/St Lawrence River Valley is to the west.

I descended northeast (less than 400M) on the unnumbered wide track to the north col, back to Track #3 (at east side of col just where the Track starts its descend to the east). From this spot I went west 250M back to the start of #17 to complete the loop.

"I DREAM OF HIKING INTO MY OLD AGE." ....... but what's the definition of old age?
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:183 m / 598 ft
    Elevation Loss:183 m / 598 ft
    Distance:3.3 km / 2.1 mi
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:183 m / 598 ft
    Distance:1.9 km / 1.2 mi
    Route:multipurpose track from northwest side
    Trailhead:ch mississquoi nord  289 m / 951 ft
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:183 m / 598 ft
    Distance:1.4 km / 0.9 mi
    Route:summit to col wb to TH
    Trailhead:ch mississquoi nord  289 m / 951 ft



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