Ascent of Moger Pond Peak on 2011-11-11

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Friday, November 11, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Moger Pond Peak
    Elevation:501 m / 1644 ft

Ascent Trip Report

A moderate dirt road/bushwack from Addington Road on typical northern Ontario rough/rocky terrain...... 3.8km, 1h55 hours RT.

For the most part I used the route in Derek "The-Trail-Blazer" Standen's excellent TR, only at one short area "notch up the bluff" did I take "what I think is" an easier western route.
From Ryan's Mountain in Renfrew County we found our way to the well signed Addington Road (road 8), on the north side of Hwy 28, 3km west of the Township Office in Denbigh. We drove north on Addington Road half a kilometer to its dead-end and parked our van, this was my TH, the summit is to the north. Straight ahead to the left of the large white sign "Mountain View Farm" is the TH .... a Dirt Road, ungated on this day.
There are 2 homes at this dead-end and as we drove up Martin Knoepfel was working around his log house #114 to the left, he overlooks Wankie Lake, a most beautiful spot. After explaining the reason for our presence I told him that I wanted to get permission from the owner of the other house (right of the TH) per Derek's suggestion. He informed that the owner had just left and that he would have no problem with me using the road.

We had a nice chat, having something in common, he's an x-Montrealer having built this log house here 8 years ago, for him this is Gods country. He brought Rose to the house when I left for my hike where she met his wife Ingrid, Rose would learn that they have a son in Montreal and a daughter in Bahrain, Ingrid served her coffee and even offered her lunch. Very nice friendly/hospitable people.

I left the TH on the Dirt Road, as it ascends 100 meters to a fork at a large tree, stay right here as the road drops to the northwest end of a Lake (with a short wet spot), then continues/climbs to the start of the Bushwack at 1.1km from TH (after this spot the road climbs/bends left and in a short distance drops/crosses another wet boggy area).

I bushwacked a magnetic east Line as the terrain drops/crosses a stream (connecting 2 wet areas), then rises to a height-of-land at about 200 meters, here I turned left (north), looped around to the right at the first obstacle (a bump with some ledges) and once on the other side I came to the major obstacle, a huge tall rock wall with a "notch" to the right (Derek's route). It did not look too inviting/safe for me (I would be proven right on my descend), so I decided to go left and in a short distance found a fairly easy chute to climb, with a few short steep sections to get to the west side of the wall, then to the top of the wall. Once on top I went east/dropped back to the east side coming out at the top of the "notch". From here the "notch" looking down didn't look too bad so I decided that I would take Derek's route on the way back).

From the top of the "notch" looking north is the rocky summit ridge, to attain it I stayed somewhat to the east following the more gradual terrain to the ridge, then left (north) up the ridge (with a lot of rocky surfaces), over a false summit before arriving at the obvious highground, a small clearing with a rocky outcrop capped with a huge erratic/lonely rock. My GPS read 45.16130, -77.30614. This time of the year fairly good views can be had in most directions. I ascended the 2km in 1h05 hour.

I returned to the top on the "notch" and slowly made my way down, I stayed right close to the wall face with some overhang, passing by Derek's "Death Rock". I took a photo from the same vantage point. It sure is weird looking.
After the "Death Rock" the route close to the wall face is a maze of large-fallen-rock, so I stayed away/left for the last part of the descent through the "notch" . This whole "notch" is a very steep/dangerous scramble. My ascent route even though perhaps 200 meters longer is much easier and safer.

I returned the same way to the Dirt Road/TH, the 1.8km descent taking 40 minutes.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:98 m / 324 ft
    Elevation Loss:98 m / 324 ft
    Distance:3.8 km / 2.4 mi
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:68 m / 224 ft
    Extra Loss:30 m / 100 ft
    Distance:2 km / 1.2 mi
    Route:dirt road/bushwack nb from addington road
    Trailhead:dead end of addington road   463 m / 1520 ft
    Time Up:1 Hours 5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:68 m / 224 ft
    Extra Gain:30 m / 100 ft
    Distance:1.8 km / 1.1 mi
    Route:dirt road/bushwack sb to addington road
    Trailhead:dead end of addington road   463 m / 1520 ft
    Time Down:40 Minutes

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