Ascent of Les Passereaux on 2020-10-18

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, October 18, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Les Passereaux
    Elevation:302 ft / 92 m

Ascent Trip Report

A short but NEVER-FORGOTTEN/DISASTROUS trail hike ... 1.2km, 240' gain, 35 minutes RT.

This last hike of Day 2, of our planned 5 Day hiking trip along the south side of the beautiful/powerful Saint Lawrence River between Quebec City and Rumouski, would be our last and tomorrow we would drive home - cut short by a really bad accident, a fractured ankle as detailed below.

After being greatly disappointed at the main entrance of Park Bic on Rte #132 - closed for the season during the most beautiful month of the year (October) is IMO simply ridiculous - we drove west on A20 to exit 521 then north on Rue Moreault to an immediate left on Rte #132, 2km west we turned right on Chemin de la Riviere des Vases which we followed north for 3.4km to the signed TH Parking (47.97156,-69.45721) "Parc Kiskotuk Pavillon d'Accueil Berger" - closed for the season, no self pay station.

The trail network for this park is nicely shown on the "Open Street Map". I took/climbed southbound the shortest 600m route to the summit - capped with a wooden Lookout Platform with interpretive signs pointing to the different highlights of the area and offering great views. The moderate route is rocky and rooty (few short steep sections) and on this wet fall day, slippery with a lot-of fallen leaves - ideal conditions for an accident in waiting - and an accident did happen.

I had descended and was within a few hundred meters of the TH parking, the trail fairly flat, when I slipped/fell backwards, landing on my rear and left side, badly twisting/feeling-an-excruciating-pain on my right ankle. Very painful to the touch all around the ankle, sat there for a while. Had no choice but to start to move and to slowly hobble/make my way out. Severe pain with every step.

I could feel Rose's concern as we discussed our options. We decided that we had to get it checked-out but we would do so when we got home. We decided to drive home in the morning and to go directly to our clinic.

We left Riviere du Loup in the morning, drove home and went directly to our clinic, with the following sequences of events.
1) Arrived Chateauguay at 14h00 hrs, Rose went to the clinic "Complexe Desjardins" while I waited in the car. Desjardins sent us to the nearby clinic "Complexe Medical" for an xray of the ankle. They also loaned us a set of crutches.
2) Back to Desjardins for the results. I was told that I had a fractured fibula just above the ankle bone, and had to go to Anna Laberge Hospital Emergency for a cast. Returned the loaned crutches and rented a walker (25$/Mon) at the shop in the same building as the clinic.
3) At Anna Laberge saw the doctor a very short time after the usual triage/registration. Because of Covid Rose could not come in the emergency. I was told that the cast recommended by the clinic was not the best option, they recommended a plastic boot and for that I would have to go to the Medical Building next door "Complexe Sante Desjardins" and that it would cost me 165$. I agreed.
4) Medical Building (Slawner Ortho) purchased/installed the plastic boot.
5) 17h00 hrs I left the Medical Building with a plastic boot only after 3 hours arriving at Chateauguay.!!!! Amazing service, could not have been better.

I should note that the most difficult part of his whole ordeal was Rose's burden. She had to do all of the work, and I can't thank her enough.

This is the worst of the two serious accident that I've had in just one month. The first was on the descent from Mont Sutton-Sommet 582 on 2020-09-19 (per Au Diable Vert TR). 2020 has been a bad year.
You could say that this accident would not have happened if Park Bic was open ???? and I don't know what happened to the usual guy who has always been looking after me. Maybe he's had enough !!!! But then again, it could have been much worse if it happened higher up on the mountain, so I shouldn't be too negative. Shit happens.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:236 ft / 71 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.7 mi / 1.2 km
    Route:trail sb from accueil
    Trailhead:accueil Parc Cotier Kiskotuk  66 ft / 20 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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