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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
    Location:Canada-Québec
    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.

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A surprising encounter high on the plateau.

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It's watching me and is weighting my intentions.

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

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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
    Grade/Class:2
    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:
OrderPeak/PointDate
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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