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Ascent of South Mékinac High Point on 2020-09-05

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, September 5, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:South Mékinac High Point
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:1950 ft / 594 m

Ascent Trip Report

Taking the opportunity granted by a very nice day ahead, I decided to do some bagging on that Saturday. Since the plan I had prepared on Friday night involved a lot of driving, I woke up around 06:00 and was on the road by 06:30. I headed north on HWY 10/55, went through Drummondville, filling the gas tank there, and then north towards Trois-Rivières. HWY 55 turned into HWY 155 in Shawinigan and I followed the moderate traffic all the way to Rivière-Matawin where I took a left on the bridge. I paid the 12$ toll at the automated gate, then headed west on RTE 1. I didn't have a park map but I had looked at the general directions the night before. It turned out to be very straightforward, just following RTE 1 all the way to lac Normand, then past lac Baude.

It took about an hour from the highway to the trailhead, and all of it was on very good roads. Even the last spur towards lac du Cardinal is very clean. I parked on the shoulder and geared up quickly. Heading off on an old logging trail, the first few hundred feet were easy but it soon became clear it would be easier to just bushwhack towards the lake's outlet. The forest wasn't too dense but there was a bit of blowdown. Finding a way across the stream wasn't too hard and on the other side, I followed the lake shore on a very good herd path. I wanted to go around cliff bands that I had seen in the lidar rasters the night before and I saw exactly how steep it was. Huge slabs maybe 12 meters high.

I followed a slight gully and started makikng my way towards the summit. It wasn't too difficult and the high point was exactly where the lidar data had showed. I then started downhill using a different way, trying to go around some of the blowdown I had encountered uphill. I crossed a small basin and went up on a slight bump before going down towards the lake. The way down had slightly better footing. I then found the herd path again and retraced my steps to the stream, then tried to follow my path back to the car. It wasn't really possible so I just headed in the general direction of the old trail, eventually rejoining it not far from the car.

Dumping everyting in the backseat, I started the drive towards my second goal, in parc de la Mauricie.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:480 ft / 146 m
    Total Elevation Loss:480 ft / 145 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
~13°C
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:286 ft / 87 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 109 ft / 33 m; Extra: 177 ft / 53m
    Loss on way in:177 ft / 53 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Old trails, bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Junction on forest trail  1841 ft / 561 m
    Time:26 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:303 ft / 92 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 109 ft / 33 m; Extra: 194 ft / 59m
    Gain on way out:194 ft / 59 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Old trails, bushwhack
    End Trailhead:Junction on forest trail  1841 ft / 561 m
    Time:24 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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