Ascent of Jauffret Nipple on 2011-09-19

Climber: Gabriel Couët

Others in Party:Maxime Bolduc
Martin Long
Marie Christine Trottier
Karyne Parent
Valérie Marcon
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, September 19, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Jauffret Nipple
    Elevation:1036 m / 3400 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Upon coming back from la grande corvée des monts Groulx where I hiked and did some volunteer work on the trails, I discovered I had been picked to go back there again for field training with the store where I work, Mountain Equipment Co-op in Québec City. I was delighted to be able to return so soon to such a beautiful place.

I prepared a week before and, on Saturday night, prior to our departure, I went to bed early. I was at the store at 6:00am and we left 20 minutes later along highway 138 towards Baie-Comeau. The road was uneventful and it went very quickly. In Baie-Comeau, I stopped to buy some fresh fruit. My plan was to give them to Michel Denis who lives at the northern access trail.

We kept going on highway 389 further north past all the hydroelectric stations, stopping for pictures at Manic 5. From there it was only an hour and a half more until we reached kilometer 365 where the northern parking is located. We took a short stroll along the trail to Michel's place and greeted him. I wanted to show his house to the group and leave the fruits right away. After a few minutes visiting, we made our way back to the road and went to find the gravel pit on the opposite side. This is where we'd spend Sunday night. We drove the car to the pit and setup our camp. We started a fire and ate leftover hot-dogs from an earlier party. We then went to bed around 9:00pm.

Next morning, we rose around 6:00am, ate quickly, and packed up. We were on the trail at 7:30am. Weather was amazing, not too cold, and the going was easy. It wasn't nearly as muddy as I thought it would be but nothing as dry as when I came three weeks earlier. It took us around two hours to reach lac du Glacier and the higher plateau. We ascended for a little bit more and took our lunch break around coordinates 51.63624, -68.11154, overlooking the valley to the east. It was only about 10:00am but everyone was already hungry.

We now had to whip the maps out when we couldn't visually navigate to the summits. We crossed a few valleys and streams but very shortly started to have views. We couldn't see Jauffret's Nipple before we passed the last ridge, but when we did, everyone agreed it was an impressive view. It's a beautiful summit, regardless of its low altitude. We crossed the last few hundred meters and made it to the summit around 11:30am.

We took a short break there but did not linger. We wanted to get to lac Boissinot as early as possible and assess if we wanted to push to lac des Lagopèdes on the further plateau on our first day. I was disappointed to miss out on climbing mont de la Tour, but the trip was already extraordinary. We started our descent along a southerly course until we could see both lac du Faucon Pèlerin and lac des Raisins d'Ours from the bump there (which turns out to be the true Jauffret summit). We then angled south-east along a string of lakes on the plateau before dipping down in the valley towards lac Boissinot. This was one of the most beautiful areas we traversed.

At the lake, we decided to stay there for the night. It was now around 2:30pm and we had a full afternoon before us. We bathed, fished (without luck) and lounged in the sun. It was now all about preparation for the next day.

The Jauffret Nipple.

Me on the summit rock (photo by Valérie Marcon)

The descent towards lac Boissinot.

Valérie and me lounging in the sun. Photo by Karyn Parent.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:737 m / 2421 ft
    Elevation Loss:244 m / 802 ft
    Distance:10.1 km / 6.3 mi
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Beautiful day, clear skies, cool temperatures
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:667 m / 2191 ft
    Extra Loss:42 m / 141 ft
    Distance:6.8 km / 4.2 mi
    Route:Jauffret trail
    Trailhead:Camp Matsheshu  411 m / 1350 ft
    Time Up:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:202 m / 661 ft
    Extra Gain:70 m / 230 ft
    Distance:3.3 km / 2.1 mi
    Route:open country
    Trailhead:Shores of Lac Boissinot  904 m / 2969 ft
    Time Down:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Monts Groulx (MEC 2011) (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Jauffret Nipple2011-09-19
2Mont Veyrier2011-09-21
3Mont Provencher2011-09-22
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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Gabriel Couët
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