Ascent to Mont Orford-Top of chairlifts on 2020-07-05

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, July 5, 2020
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Mont Orford - Top of chairlifts
    Elevation:2756 ft / 840 m

Ascent Trip Report

As I was making my way towards mont Orford on the summit ridge from pic de l'Ours, I passed or crossed a few people. I tried to run on the downhills but I was getting significantly slowed down on the short sprint uphills. I got past mont Alfred-DesRochers and was almost confused again by the trail spurs that go on rocky viewpoints when the main trail veers sharply around a gully.

I saw a few people starting to climb the ski slopes ahead and after descending at a good pace and passing a family, I emerged from the forest and onto the slope. That last push is steep, but not enough that I can't flat-foot, saving my calves. I passed a few groups on the way up but my speed was pretty slow.

At the lifts, I took a 1 minute break on the concrete slabs as I observed an employee milling around before returning to her pickup truck. I then started downhill on the gravel access road. There were loads of people here, and my mind was filled with thoughts on the impending fee that the ski resort was trying to impose on hikers recently. I was able to keep a good pace and my knees didn't hurt in the slightest, so I guess my tendinitis that occurred on longer downhills was solved by doing higher volume, lower intensity training.

As I reached the bottom, I heard the pickup from the summit coming up behind me. I was satisfied to have beat it to the base. Rounding the buildings, I crossed the parking area and stopped for a few seconds at the small bridge between two lots. I tried eating from my Clif bar but I could only take a small bite. Starting again, I followed trail no.7A and struggled to keep the pace on slight uphills. I had to take several walking breaks along the way. Past the junction with trail no.6, I crossed two guys I remembered crossing on the uphill earlier.

I eventually joined with the cycle path and was able to jog at a slower pace for most of the way back to the campground. From there I followed the road back to the gate where I could see several cars lining up the road. I stopped the clock at 3h3min door to door. While not spectacular, it was still 45 minutes faster than in 2017. After downing an entire gatorade bottle, I took the road back home.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1145 ft / 348 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2491 ft / 758 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:718 ft / 218 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 459 ft / 140 m; Extra: 259 ft / 78m
    Loss on way in:259 ft / 78 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:Sentier les Crêtes
    Start Trailhead:Low point on ridge  2297 ft / 700 m
    Time:29 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2232 ft / 680 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1805 ft / 551 m; Extra: 427 ft / 130m
    Gain on way out:427 ft / 130 m
    Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route:Ski slopes, valley trail
    End Trailhead:Park gate at campground  951 ft / 289 m
    Time:1 Hours 14 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Mont Orford (Jul. 2020)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Pic de la Roche Fendue2020-07-05 a1330 ft / 405 m
2Pic de la Roche Fendue - viewpoint2020-07-05 b43 ft / 13 m
3Pic de l'Ours2020-07-05 c624 ft / 190 m
4Mont Orford-Top of chairlifts2020-07-05 d1145 ft / 349 m
Total Trip Gain: 3142 ft / 957 m    Total Trip Loss: 3145 ft / 958 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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