Ascent of The Cabox on 1999-06-28

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Monday, June 28, 1999
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:The Cabox
    Location:Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador
    Elevation:2664 ft / 811 m

Ascent Trip Report

Rose and I are on a 7 week (sightseeing/climbing) tour of the Maritimes, the primary goals being the Highpoints of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, we left home on June 24th and will stay at campgrounds. We came to the west side of Newfoundland to climb Lewis Hill, the Province's highest summit, located southwest of Corner Brook.
We arrived at Kippens (just west of Stephenville, before the Port au Port Peninsula) yesterday morning and went directly to the Tourist Information Office asking/looking for guiding service. The agent, Joanna White, said that she could help me, I'm to come back later in the day.
We spent the whole day touring the Port au Port Peninsula .... a beautiful drive ..... before going back to the Tourist Office where we met Clarence Pelley. After discussing my "raison d'etre" we agreed on a morning start, we will meet at McDonalds at 7h00 hours..... How lucky am I to have found someone immediately available. We overnighted at Zenzville Campground for 14$.

The sun was rising, after a light overnight rain, as we arrived at McDonalds for breakfast. We just had finished as Clarence arrived on schedule, and in short order, after checking-out our gear we left. Rose will spend the day playing tourist ..... Clarence estimated today's climb at 12 hours so I told Rose to expect us around 20-21h00 hours.

Clarence drove about 30 km north of Kippens on a good gravel road to the TH. We started out at 8h30 hours, both carrying a day pack with all the necessary supplies. I just followed Clarence's lead and didn't really orientate myself, we were heading generally north.
After about 1 hour of undulating xcountry with good footing we arrived at a ridge above Fox Island River .... straight ahead up-trail you could see a valley heading up to a huge plateau and the Highpoint in the distance, outstanding view .... we descened to the river and walked up river to find a safe place to rock-hop accross, then Clarence headed up the narrow steep valley and stayed on the right side slope, lots of scree, peridotite rocks, barren/arid/desert-like and little plant life.
Once on top of the valley there is a huge plateau with a not-too-obvious Highpoint, we walked over a few snow fields, around small tarns and wet areas from the melting snow, spotty low grass vegetation.
We summited at 13h00 hours (after 4 1/2 hours), the Highpoint has a pile of rocks and the open views thruout this whole climb are outstanding, moonscape-like at places.

After a good break Clarence chose a descending route further to the west, once off the plateau we followed a screed ridge down to the river, steep/slippery in places. This time we had to fjord the river in about 12 inches of water, fun crossing. We climbed out of the river valley, finally getting back to the TH at 19h30 hours. Over-all we took 3 good breaks and a number of granny stops .... 24km and 11 hours, good long day but not difficult. Really pleased with the effort and with Clarence.

We got back to Kippens and Rose at 20h40 hours, squared up with Clarence, he wasn't available with our offer of dinner.
Clarence was very good and did a good job, at no time did I question his lead, he knew exactly where he was going at all times, a real nice guy..... Clarence Pelley, 1 Pleasant Ave, Stephenville, NF, A2N 1R9, Phone 709-643-9057.

Rose and I went back to the same campground for the night, tomorrow we will drive north on the way to the northern tip of Newfoundland/ferry to Blanc Sablon QC/drive to Red Bay, Labrador.

"IT AIN'T OVER 'TIL IT'S OVER" ....... Berraism
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2064 ft / 628 m
    Extra Gain:600 ft / 182 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14.9 mi / 24 km
    Route:gravel rd/trail/fox island river/up valley, NF hpt
    Trailhead:stephenville/cold brook  1800 ft / 548 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country

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