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Ascent of Chaume des Champis on 2013-05-01

Climber: Lee Newton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Chaume des Champis
    Location:France
    Elevation:1202 m / 3944 ft

Ascent Trip Report

This was the first hike in a day of bagging 6 summits in the Vosges finest 50 by prominence list.

I parked just south of the south end of the Lac de Lisbach on a cloudy but promising morning. The forest road "Chemin de Marrion" was well signposted and easy to follow. It rose gently to a junction of forest road at 1129m altitude. Straight on was signposted for the neighbouring peak "Tete des Cerfs" (1177m). I took the right turn instead, signposted for "les Champis", the road was still covered in icy snow , just softening in the warmth of the morning. Eventually the path reached a simple hut, left open for public use for no charge, just like the bothies back home in Scotland. Inside was a fireplace, some wooden benches and tables, but no toilet or water supply. Stairs led up to the wood-floored sleeping loft and there was a wood store outside. From the hut, open slopes led up to the summit area, in some trees. The highest ground was reasonably easy to find, the trig buried under a still thick layer of snow. Return by the outward route was quickly accomplished.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:307 m / 1013 ft
    Extra Gain:4 m / 16 ft
    Distance:5 km / 3.1 mi
    Route:Chemin de Marrion
    Trailhead:Lac de Lispach  903 m / 2963 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:45 Minutes



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