Ascent of Mont Goéland on 2011-09-03

Climber: Gabriel Couët

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, September 3, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont Goéland
    Elevation:1066 m / 3498 ft

Ascent Trip Report

At lac Quintin, I struggled to find a way through the creek that leads into the lake. I had to go up and down it until I found a decent crossing. I still had to jump precariously but I made it. From there I looked at the massive slope in front of me trying to figure out which way was the best way up. Had I known it can be easily circled from the south, I wouldn't have had to fight my way up in a dense bushwhack at a pretty steep angle.

After a strenuous climb, I ended up on the plateau and could see much better where I was headed. I had to figure out which summit was my goal as a couple bumps confused me. I kept going east though as this should have led me directly towards my goal. Here I had to cross massive bogs and I was somewhat twitchy being alone and far from any help. I proceeded cautiously and very soon my eye was caught by something ahead. About 100m away, a young male Caribou was looking at me. He seemed nonchalant and kept going when he decided I wasn't dangerous.

I was now doubly aware as I didn't want to startle another animal and face potential confrontation. I made my way around several small lakes and ponds then up and down many gullies going straight east. I could now see mont Goéland getting closer and closer. up on a ridge overlooking one of the gullies, I spotted another caribou on the next ridge. It was much larger than the first one and had massive antlers. He kept watching me progress for a long while and I lost track of him when I dipped in the last valley before the summit push.

The slopes on mont Goéland are moderately steep but it is a very interesting footing. Large scree talus covered with thin vegetation makes for uneven and hard to tread ground. It didn't take too long to reach the summit though. There, I took shelter from the wind behind the massive inukshuk and ate my snacks.

I didn't linger as the wind was chilly so I made it back down from where I came. My plan was to roughly follow the path I had taken on the way in. It was far easier as I now knew where to aim for easier crossings and meandering around ponds. At one point I spotted the large caribou I had seen earlier. He was further west but I was able to circle around him. From there, I had to hike the vast boggy plateau between mont Goéland and mont Alain-Grenon.

A surprising encounter high on the plateau.

It's watching me and is weighting my intentions.

One of the many amazing rifts and valleys on the plateau.

Mont Goéland, as seen from its west.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:439 m / 1438 ft
    Elevation Loss:347 m / 1138 ft
    Distance:6 km / 3.7 mi
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Overcast
Overcast with occasional sun, windy!!!
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:311 m / 1018 ft
    Extra Loss:128 m / 420 ft
    Distance:3.1 km / 1.9 mi
    Route:Eastward streak on the plateau
    Trailhead:Lac Quintin  883 m / 2900 ft
    Time Up:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:219 m / 718 ft
    Extra Gain:128 m / 420 ft
    Distance:2.9 km / 1.8 mi
    Route:Westward streak on the plateau
    Trailhead:Mont Alain-Grenon  975 m / 3200 ft
    Time Down:1 Hours 40 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Monts Groulx (Corvée 2011) (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mont Provencher Nord2011-09-02
2Mont Provencher-col between the summits2011-09-03 a
3Mont Goéland2011-09-03 b
4Mont Alain-Grenon2011-09-03 c
5Mont Provencher-col between the summits2011-09-03 d
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Gabriel Couët
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