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Ascent of Nicolet-Yamaska High Point on 2011-07-05

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Nicolet-Yamaska High Point
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:106 m / 351 ft

Ascent Trip Report

This County has 3 candidate HP Areas, I had to make 2 trips in order to visit all 3 of them. For convenience purposes I have entered the details of my 2 visits in this one only TR.

FIRST VISIT, DATED 2010-10-05
AREA 1 .... 150 feet inside the woods from a side road besides Hwy #20.
I try to take advantage of every trip that we take by taking the time to climb any peak on my "wanting-to-complete" PB Lists, that is on or near our route. So today's trip to Quebec City, to visit our good friends Bill Ramsden and Rosie on a Cruise stopover, was a good opportunity to take in "Area 1" in Nicolet-Yamaska County Highpoint, tomorrow the Becancour County Highpoint on the return trip.
Eastbound on Hwy #20 we exited at 210, followed the signs Sainte-Eulalie/Saint-Valere to a stop at Rue Des Cedres/hwy #161 and turned left on Rue Des Cedres eastbound (this is the south side road besides #20). Pass under a powerline and park the car at 2.2km. Hwy #20 is at the left and on the right an overgrown track blocked-off by 2 large boulders. This spot is about 200 feet past a gated driveway and a Plastic-White-Pipe (Fire Hydrant) signed "Borne Seche". The next hwy #20 exit to the east is #215 (about 2km on Rue Des Cedres).
I walked right (south) on the overgrown track 150 feet, then 20 feet left (east) in the woods. This is the Highpoint of the area, my GPS read 46.11750, 72.21045 ...... I spent some time stomping the whole area before deciding on this location, the PB coordinates puts the spot a good distance to the west at a lower elevation (in the area of the gated driveway).
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SECOND VISIT, DATED 2011-07-05.
We made a special trip today to visit the remaining 2 areas in this County and also those in the County of Becancour.

AREA 3 ..... beside a side road.
From Hwy #20, exit 210, we traveled north on Chemin Bouleaux (towards/through Sainte-Eulalie) for 6km to a left on Rang 10, 1.2km to the crest of the road, small old white house on the left. Park here, this road is the highground area, there is a quarry on both sides of this road. The quarry to the north of the road (there is a fence along this side of the road) is huge and is still being worked today, the whole high ground has long gone. The PB coordinates puts the spot at the bottom of this quarry.
I walked both sides of the road and concluded that the high ground is on the north side of the road crest (opposite the white house) 20 feet inside the fence. To get to it I walked west on the road 50 yards to where the fence turns right (north), a large hole in the fence at this corner allowed me to get inside the fence and walk back to the highground .... note that the quarry (vertical drop) starts a short 60 feet from the road. My GPS at my chosen natural spot read 46.13375, 72.30299. A number of higher bumps in this area I believe are the result of past quarry work.

AREA 2 ...... besides Hwy #20
From Area 3 we drove back to Hwy #20, exit 210 and traveled westbound on 20. At about 1.3km west of the Hwy #55 overpass at the obvious height-of-land we parked the van on the right shoulder of the 4 lane Hwy. A tall Communication Tower is left (on the south side) of the Hwy at 10 oclock, on the right side at the edge of the Maple Forest (at about 100 feet) is an orange Marker Post, warning of an underground telephone cable.
The PB coordinates puts the spot just to the left in the middle of the Hwy, definitely not natural ground. I sighted natural higher ground perhaps at 2 other places.
A) To the right (north) inside the Maple Forest ..... I found a place to hop over the Hwy fence and walked to inside the Maple Forest where I found a drainage system of blue plastic tubing for the collection of Maple Sap, The floor of the Maple Forest canopy was very open, I was able to identify the high ground (making sure that I did not touch the tubing), my chosen spot was at 30 yards inside the Forest, GPS 46.08935, 72.25340.
B) South side of the Hwy at the tall Communication Tower ....... I couldn't hop over the south side Hwy 20 fence so we drove west on 20, got off at exit 204 and found our way back east to the south side Communication Tower. A dirt driveway brings you right to the fenced-in Tower.
I walked the area and chose my high ground 40 yards north of the Tower in a clump of tall grass/trees next to the guy wire anchor, GPS 46.08744, 72.25290.

"I CELEBRATE A CLIMB WHEN I GET TO THE BOTTOM ...... BY THE TIME I GET TO THE TH, I'M DONE."
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4 m / 16 ft
    Elevation Loss:4 m / 16 ft
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4 m / 16 ft
    Distance:1 km / 0.6 mi
    Route:rang 10 for area 3, hwy 20 for area 2
    Trailhead:side road rang 10, hwy 20  102 m / 335 ft
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4 m / 16 ft
    Route:rang 10 for area 3, hwy 20 for area 2
    Trailhead:side road rang 10, hwy 20  102 m / 335 ft



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