Ascent of Mont Richardson on 2010-06-26

Climber: Gabriel C

Date:Saturday, June 26, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont Richardson
    Elevation:3871 ft / 1179 m

Ascent Trip Report

When Luiza left me at the parking, it was 12:05pm. The time to hide my backpack and get ready, it was 12:10pm. I then started hiking up the easy trail. I jogged some parts of it but I generally just walked uphill at a steady pace. I soon passed a lady going uphill. Further up, I passed three young people just before the branch towards mont Joseph-Fortin.

There, the trail dipped down about a hundred meters to the col between the former and mont Richardson. I ran some of the way down. At the col, I crossed an old couple going down the mountain. I kept walking uphill past the col and met another lady coming down. I was maintaining a very steady pace and soon I met the treeline and some very fine scree talus. The trail wound up this hard terrain and I saw some figures moving around above me. When I met them, I realized it was a girl who had broken a hiking pole. I asked if they were okay, to which they answered yes. I kept going again and just before the summit, I passed another couple. There were already another couple resting on the summit and they were hiding from the strong and chilly wind. I was only wearing a lycra undergarment with a polyester shirt so I couldn't linger at the summit. I asked the arriving couple to take a summit pic and I looked at my watch. 1:11pm.

It had taken me just a minute over an hour to get here, which was a neat time. I readjusted my boot laces and jumped back down the trail to keep body heat produced. While running down, I crossed one of the young people I had met before and commented on his speedy ascent as I ran by. The clouds were menacing and some light hail started pelting my face. Furthermore, my joints were starting to ache a bit so I lowered down the pace. I had to walk up the other slope at the col as I was starting to run out of juice. I had nothing on me but my camera and I was starting to feel dehydrated. back at the trail fork, I could start to speed a bit as the terrain was easy here. The going got harder when the slope began to get steeper on the west face of mont Joseph-Fortin. Hard stone really stressed my knees and I was lacking the energy to go smoothly. Still, I passed everyone I had crossed on the way up.

About 200 meters before the parking, I was really tired and opted to walk the rest to cool down. I soon heard some running footsteps behind me and when I turned, I saw the young guy that had chased after me for the summit. He passed me and got to the parking a few seconds before I got there. I retrieved my pack and I ate some snacks while I chatted with him. When his partners arrived, I prepared to leave myself. I still had about 6 kilometers of road hike ahead of me.

Those were boring but easy, and at 3:10pm, I was back at the park service center where Luiza was waiting for me at the cafeteria. I used the public showers and got a hot soup which really put me back into shape. We then walked back to the camping to setup our tents.

Mont Richardson as seen from the trail near mont Joseph-Fortin's summit.

A disheveled me atop a windy mont Richardson.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2624 ft / 798 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3772 ft / 1148 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Changy weather with touches of hail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2296 ft / 699 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1968 ft / 599 m; Extra: 328 ft / 99m
    Loss on way in:328 ft / 99 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.7 km
    Route:Mont Richardson trail
    Start Trailhead:1903 ft / 580 m
    Time:1 Hours 1 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3444 ft / 1049 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3116 ft / 949 m; Extra: 328 ft / 99m
    Gain on way out:328 ft / 99 m
    Distance:8.5 mi / 13.6 km
    Route:Mont Richardson trail, Road 16
    End Trailhead:Mont Albert camping  755 ft / 230 m
    Time:1 Hours 59 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Gaspésie (June 2010) (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mont Jacques-Cartier2010-06-25 a1561 ft / 476 m
2Mont de la Table2010-06-25 b394 ft / 120 m
3Mont de la Table-Sommet Nord2010-06-25 c229 ft / 70 m
4Mont de la Table2010-06-25 d229 ft / 70 m
5Mont Xalibu2010-06-26 a361 ft / 110 m
6Mont Richardson2010-06-26 b2624 ft / 800 m
7Mount Olivine2010-06-271394 ft / 425 m
Total Trip Gain: 6792 ft / 2071 m    Total Trip Loss: 8940 ft / 2726 m

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