Ascent of Mont Mézenc on 2012-11-16

Climber: Lee Newton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, November 16, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Mézenc
    Elevation:1752 m / 5751 ft

Ascent Trip Report

The third short hike of a day bagging P600m hills in the Massif Central. Parking just to the west of the peak at the high point of the D274 road I found major works in progress with earth moving equipment and a new road under construction towards the peak. I chose a much older parallel forest road which ended in the forest. Bashing my way through the remaining forest I emerged under the steep slope of the northwest peak. Finding the shrubbery deep and prickly, I was able to keep mostly to scrambling up a loose-ish bit of rock, which delivered me directly to the cross. Crossing over to the main peak, it was clear there was a "normal" route from the west. After admiring the stunning view in the clear autumn air, stretching from Mont Blanc to the Plomb du Cantal, I took the path downwards to see where it went. After re-entering the forest, it curved right, and came to a crossroads with a new road leading straight ahead. Seeing this was about on the right bearing I followed it to find it led directly back to my car, and it was in fact the road under construction I observed in the first place.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:203 m / 666 ft
    Elevation Loss:203 m / 666 ft
    Distance:3.5 km / 2.2 mi
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Cloud inversion
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:203 m / 666 ft
    Extra Loss:10 m / 33 ft
    Distance:1.5 km / 0.9 mi
    Route:Direct via northwest top
    Trailhead:Highpoint of D274 road  1559 m / 5118 ft
    Time Up:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:193 m / 633 ft
    Distance:2 km / 1.2 mi
    Route:Summit path
    Trailhead:Highpoint of D274 road  1559 m / 5118 ft
    Time Down:30 Minutes

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