Ascent of Pic des Méandres on 2020-08-02

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 2, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pic des Méandres
    Elevation:3281 ft / 1000 m

Ascent Trip Report

At first, Luiza was supposed to be coming to Québec to pick me up when we drove back from our trip in the Groulx mountains. Unfortunate events meant we were back a few days early so Luiza and I went together to visit friends. I took the opportunity to bag a couple summits. At the same time, I wanted to double-check the accuracy of the provincial lidar dataset elevation models.

To do this, I brought a dual-frequency GNSS receiver in my pack, just as I had done for the Groulx trip. So around 09:00 on Sunday I took the road east towards Baie-Saint-Paul. There was a lot of traffic but I was through and heading north on HWY 381 in around an hour and a half. There were a lot of hikers in Grands-Jardins and ZEC des Martres but I wasn't concerned as I was going off the beaten path. I reached the bridge over rivière Malbaie and headed inland west on RTE 66. About two kilometers before my planned trailhead, I reached a hill with almost impassable washouts. At the top I saw it was indeed not a good idea to drive further with the Kia so I stopped there and geared up.

I started eagerly and soon joined a quad/ATV trail that follows the old forest road. As I approached, I got a good look at my goal. It is quite prominent over the valley, jutting out sharply with exposed rocks on the steep east face. Past the river, the road climbed slightly until I reached the spot that I judged was the best angle of attack for the climb. I dove in the brush, crossed a small stream, then started climbing in the moderately to heavily dense forest.

There was some blowdown and a few rock outcrops but generally it was about average for the region. Higher up, the forest opened up slightly and I soon was able to angle more directly towards the summit. When I saw some blue sky through the trees, I was able to spot the summit immediately. I went to the highest bump and took the GNSS receiver out. After clearing the area as much as I could and booting it up, I left it there and settled nearby for the wait.

At first I wanted to let it run for a half-hour but when that time came up, I thought it hadn't felt that long so I decided to stay until I had recorded 1 hour of static data. This would help greatly for the post-processing, especially considering the heavy forest canopy with trees several meters high all around.

As the time was ticking closely to an hour, I heard an engine and saw a side-by-side ATV on the road below. They stopped and milled around out of view, and a few minutes later were joined by a few other ATVs. I was wrapping my session up and packed everything before heading downhill. I was about 3/4 of the way down when I heard the engines again. Back on the road, I headed towards the car and spotted the area where they had stopped. It was trampled with boot tracks and a few discarded pieces of electric tape and cut tie-wraps. I was a bit mad at the littering but what can you do...

From there it was a boring slog back to the car where I dumped my gear in the back, heading out back towards Québec.

***GNSS recording results***
The post-processing report gave relatively good results considering the field conditions and the observation time.
X: 0.587m
Y: 0.446m
Z: 1.617m

The orthometric height value (1000.457m) is very closely aligned with the lidar dataset so I feel they are both reliable and the summit can be safely considered as a 1000m peak.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1122 ft / 341 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1122 ft / 341 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.7 mi / 5.9 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:807 ft / 245 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 492 ft / 150 m; Extra: 315 ft / 96m
    Loss on way in:315 ft / 96 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 3 km
    Route:Forest road, bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Washout on forest road  2789 ft / 850 m
    Time:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:807 ft / 245 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 492 ft / 150 m; Extra: 315 ft / 96m
    Gain on way out:315 ft / 96 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3 km
    Route:Forest road, bushwhack
    End Trailhead:Washout on forest road  2789 ft / 850 m
    Time:1 Hours 47 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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