Ascent of Bois de Baissey on 2009-12-30

Climber: Lee Newton

Date:Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bois de Baissey
    Elevation:1716 ft / 523 m

Ascent Trip Report

This hill is the true highpoint of the French region of Champagne-Ardenne, and not the commonly quoted Haut-de-Sec which lies just to the north and 7m lower.

This hill is accessed from the motorway near the town of Langres (junction 6). Turn off and head west to the hamlet of Pierrefontaines. The telecom tower on Haut-de-Sec is already obvious from the motorway. Drive through Pierrefontaines, up the hill until the crest of the road and park near the start of a rough road leading south, nearly opposite the access road for the telecoms tower.

The road quickly turns left (SE), and you are actually on the long-distance footpath (GR7). Take the first right (SW), following the markers until you come to a crossroads. Go straight on, ignoring a very overgrown fork to the right and continue for

Now, turn right and walk for about 80m just N of west until what feels like just before the high point of the path. Now turn 90 degrees right and walk perpendicular to the path for 30m. If you are lucky (like me) you will find a French trig point (approx 25cm cube) marked with 'IGN' marked on the north side, and '1941' on the south side. Then smile since you are probably one of the very few people that has visited the real highpoint of Champagne-Ardennes.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:98 ft / 29 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Trailhead:Road near Pierrefontaines  1618 ft / 493 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time:25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes

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