Ascent of Beadle Mountain on 2013-07-26

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, July 26, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Beadle Mountain
    Location:Canada-New Brunswick
    Elevation:1814 ft / 552 m

Ascent Trip Report

A tough unexpected/dangerous trip, my route is not recommended ..... 4.6km, 3h30 hours RT.

This COHP on private Irving Woodlands took two visits to complete. We were refused entry on the first visit at the Deersdale Gate (2013-07-19, see Black Mountains TR)..... didn't have the necessary permission from the Irving Office. See the end of this TR for the contact information.

We arrived at the Irving Deersdale Entrance on Hwy #107 .... 48.4km east of Bristol (#105/107) or 51.1km west of Nashwaak Bridge (#8/107).... at the prearranged 8h00 hours, Ian Taviss, our Irving contact person arriving a few minutes later.

At the guard house we were given rules ... Ian went through the Safety Procedures (which I had to sign) ... signed-in with the guard (Allen) ... Ian would lead us to the TH ... Allen wanted our time of return (gave him 15h00 hours) if not back by that time he'd sent out a search party ... they asked Rose if she wanted to stay back at their TV room, "I'd rather stay close to my husband, besides I want to finish the book I'm reading and I may get to see some wildlife" ... Ian and Allen were very friendly/seriously-professional.

00.0km .. we followed Ian northbound from the Deersdale Entrance, light rain falling.
02.6km .. kept left at fork (northwest)
07.5km .. kept right at fork (north)
10.2km .. locked gate, Ian gave us the key to get out, we are to return it to Allen on the way out.
13.0km .. kept left at fork (northwest)
15.0km .. kept right at fork (northwest)
18.0km .. sharp left turn southwest (46.64130,-67.13617). Ian left us here, this according to Dave Ward's TR is the designated TH confirmed later by Joseph Sweet per below. Ian wasn't aware of a trail and I couldn't find it so I decided to create my own route, which would turn out to be very tough/difficult and actually a real screw-up and "NOT RECOMMENDED" (my maps were too small a scale and with the rain, hard/rushed to read). Rose gave Ian a bag of cherries from Sobeys as we expressed our thanks/goodbyes to Ian ... a very nice/helpful gentleman. We continued driving.
18.4km .. turned right (northwest)
18.8km .. lesser used logging road on right (could be driven), we parked here this was my TH (46.64275,-67.14314). The mountain can be seen up the road to the northeast).

Under a light steady rain I walked the logging road northeast .7km to a left turn, then 300+ meters (northwest) past the crest of the road where I started my bushwack. The area to the east is the north-end of a clear-cut of a few years back and it looked OK. I would find out that this was a mistake, I should have continued north to another clear-cut area and aimed directly for the summit which was my descent route (shorter/easier).

I bushwacked .9km east to the top of the mountain's north-south ridge, then north .5km along the ridge to the HP.
The first stretch east (a .6km old clear-cut) was in waist-high bushes, slight up-grade with a lot of raspberry bushes (ate some). The ground surface was very rough with a lot of dead-cuttings, I couldn't see my foot plant so it made the going slow/difficult.
The second stretch east, a moderately-steep climb of .4km to the ridge, with the whole slope being a huge boulder field. I looked for the easy-way/zig-zagged, staying away from the bushwack. Extremely wet/slippery, found the going somewhat slow/dangerous.
I reached the ridge (just north of) the most southern bump on the ridge (with the 540 foot contour), a small area to the north was recently clear-cut. I was completely soaked from the sweat and the rain, couldn't take the time necessary to check my position. (everything was rushed, my papers all wet). It took me 1.5 hours to get to the ridge from the TH.
The third stretch, north along the ridge was worse than the second due to the ups/downs and the extra bushwacking. It was actually more difficult/dangerous. It took me 45+ minutes to walk the ridge (2.4km, 2h20 from the TH).

On this route I didn't see any trail markings referred to by Dave or Joseph, except with some blazes near the summit area.

At the summit I didn't take the time for the usual position/coordinate check. After a drink I touched the high ground and immediately started my descent, deciding not to backtrack but rather on a left of west route (1km to the logging road), arriving a few hundred meters north of my start point. The conditions/difficulty turned out to be similar as the ascent but mush shorter, and therefore recommended. I fell twice, once head first, luckily no damage. The descent was 2.2km, 1 hour.

As I neared the TH, 2 large cows were in the middle of the road just 100+ meters from the TH, I watched them for a while before they saw me and ran into the woods (Rose didn't see them). I got back to the TH after 3h30hours soaked and drained, Rose somewhat worried.

A truck stopped to talk to Rose while she waited. Joseph Sweet owns a camp 16km up the road and was on his way out, he was concerned of her well-being. After he found out what she was doing out in the wilderness all alone, he informed her that he had been on the summit a number of times and it was he who cut/blazed a trail to the summit (painted the blazes on the rocks).
This was around 12h00 hours, he told Rose as he left "He should be down soon."

After getting cleaned-up, eating a snack we drove back to the Entrance gate for 14h30 hours, returned the key to Allen and thanked him for his hospitality. I was chilled for the rest of the day.

This was a rushed/tough/difficult climb for a guy my age, not to be underestimated and do pick a dry day.

Permission to get onto the Irving Woodlands is required, the guard will not let you on the property. My contact person was Ian Taviss, phone nos. office 506-246-1993, cell 506-444-1853.
He OK'd me putting his name in this TR, saying, "We at Irving welcome people on our woodlands but I require a lot of advance notice, so please tell your friends to call well in advance".

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:567 ft / 172 m
    Total Elevation Loss:567 ft / 172 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.9 mi / 4.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:567 ft / 172 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:road/bushwack nb from logging road
    Start Trailhead:logging road  1247 ft / 380 m
    Time:2 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:567 ft / 172 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:road/bushwack nb from logging road
    End Trailhead:logging road  1247 ft / 380 m
    Time:1 Hours 

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