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Ascent of Sommet Rond on 1993-09-15

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Wednesday, September 15, 1993
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sommet Rond
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:961 m / 3156 ft

Ascent Trip Report

I hiked the 130 km SENTIERS DE L'ESTRIE, Kingsbury/QC-VT border, in 5 days, with car support from my wife Rose. We stayed in local campsites. The highlights of the trail were as follows:

SEPT 11, DAY 1 - The most interesting sections were before rte 222, MT CARRE and MT TROIS LACS. The view from the lookout just before rte 222 - of the lakes and the cliff profile towards Mt Carre/Trois Lacs - is simply gorgeous. The slate rock of the area is similar to that in the front entrance of our house.

SEPT 12, DAY 2 - Beautiful tall hardwood forest with fairly open floor on way to MT CHAUVE. Lot of boring road walking.

SEPT 13, DAY 3 - In the St- Etienne de Bolton area you walk into a superb evergreen forest with an open floor and a cushioned carpet of pine needles,(one of the best I've seen so far), beautiful. A nicely constructed ladder on the way up to the summit of MT GLEN, it was funded by Shell. I flushed-out a white tail deer just before the lookouts at Bolton Pass (rte 243).

SEPT 14, DAY 4 - The trail in the Lake Cliff/Diable Pass(before MT ECHO) is the wildest/roughest/most beautiful and interesting of all the SE. Reminded me of a number of sections in the Vermont's LT and in the ADK'S.I found a permanent resident in the toilet at Camping Nombril a "porcupine". It was raining heavily and I wanted to read my map, he wouldn't leave, I even used my pole. He won out.

SEPT 15, DAY 5 - Fairly elaborate constructed steps as you start the descent of SOMMET ROND. Lots of untidy woodswork on way out.
I signed the register at the road crossing before the climb over SOMMET 629 (partial views). The trail goes over a number of bumps before descending to rte 105 and the QC/VT border, where you can continue southbound on the Long Trail.
Overall an easy section, once on top of the Mt Sutton Ski area.

Overall the trail is not difficult, however it has a few good climbs with some beautiful/outstanding scenery. It should probably be done at the end of September when the colors are at their best. It has some wet/muddy/overgrown sections. Very urbanized in the rte 112/245 area. The only real negative is that it has a lot of woods/road walking, which I personally find very boring.
I enjoyed the SE.

"PASSION AND HARDWORK IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS, AND WHAT IS SUCCESS IF NOT HAPPINESS"
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:535 m / 1756 ft
    Elevation Loss:794 m / 2606 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:535 m / 1756 ft
    Distance:14.1 km / 8.8 mi
    Route:SE sb-from mt sutton ski center
    Trailhead:mont sutton ski center  426 m / 1400 ft
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:794 m / 2606 ft
    Route:SE sb to mont falaises
    Trailhead:Qc/VT border at SE/LT  167 m / 550 ft



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