Ascent of Mont du lac Raymond on 2019-06-09

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 9, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont du lac Raymond
    Elevation:3468 ft / 1057 m

Ascent Trip Report

After coming down from mont du plateau à Mars, I drove east and found the intersection where a relatively recent logging road headed towards this summit. I reached a large tree fallen across the road and parked there. After gearing up, I started on foot following the decent road. When it angled east and seemed to head away from the summit I turned around and found a logging rut that went uphill. At the end of this logging patch I crossed a short treeline and emerged on a very old and regrown logging trail.

I covered about 50 meters in that trail and realized it had become a stream so I decided to head straight uphill in the forest instead. This was a good decision as the forest had been tended and I could see the short stumps everywhere. It was easy going for some time, free of snow, but some small patches started appearing here and there. The patches grew larger and larger, and, after crossing two older trails again, I started having to trudge in soft spring corn occasionally.

At some point the snow cover became permanent. This was very annoying and difficult to navigate. Sometimes it would hold my weigth, sometimes I would posthole past the knee. This was about 150 meters away from the first summit bump which I knew was lower than the second. I weaved my way through the trees, passed over the first bump and descended into a slight depression after which I climbed the remaining distance to the true summit.

I didn't linger and started backtracking. Trying to follow my tracks, I soon reverted to going in a straight line along the ridge. When the snow started being less of a hindrance my speed picked up and I could sometimes see my tracks in the snow. It turns out I followed almost exactly the same path without really trying.

Towards the bottom, I decided to stay higher along the slope to try and avoid the old trail completely. When I started seeing the clearing at the logging patch, I headed through the treelines, across the trail, and into the ruts. It wasn't long until I was back on the road and to my car where I changed into street clothes, packed all my gear, and headed back towards civilization after a good peakbagging weekend.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:670 ft / 203 m
    Total Elevation Loss:670 ft / 204 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.9 mi / 3 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:644 ft / 196 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 614 ft / 188 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Loss on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Logging ruts, bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:At obstacle along logging road  2854 ft / 869 m
    Time:43 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:640 ft / 195 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 614 ft / 188 m; Extra: 26 ft / 7m
    Gain on way out:26 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:Logging ruts, bushwhack
    End Trailhead:At obstacle along logging road  2854 ft / 869 m
    Time:30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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