Ascent of Sommet de Moncton on 2017-04-08

Climber: Gabriel C

Others in Party:Serge Massad
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, April 8, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Sommet de Moncton
    Elevation:3379 ft / 1029 m

Ascent Trip Report

Late during the week, Serge asked me if I was planning to do any peakbagging on the weekend. I was already set on the idea and welcomed the company. I prepared some destination ideas and included a possible drive up Route 66, which we had seen had been plowed through the winter, to access summits west of Highway 381. The most optimistic plan for Saturday involved driving about 5 kilometers inland to a trailhead for sommet de Moncton (sommet sud), and then about 4.5 more to a second trailhead for mont du lac des Nuages.

On Saturday morning, Serge showed up at my place around 08:00 and we headed off in his car towards Baie-Saint-Paul on HWY 138. We took a left on HWY 381 and headed north until we crossed the bridge on rivière Malbaie. The junction for HWY 66 is straight after the bridge and I had to call it out to Serge at the last minute as it is hidden from view for northbound vehicles. We saw that the previous week’s snowfall hadn’t been plowed although old tire tracks were visible. It was about 10-15cm deep and it didn’t seem to impede our progression although it felt very slippery. Serge drove carefully at a low speed, and we slowly made our way towards the first trailhead. It seemed that the best-case scenario would be possible and our spirits were high.

After a few kilometers we reached a section where the road banked slightly right and the car ended up sliding in the ditch. I exited through a barely opened door, as we were directly on the snowbank, and checked the surface under the tires. It was still mostly solid and looked like gravel so Serge got back in and worked to get the car out of this rough spot. He was successful on the first try and I hopped back in as we resumed the drive up. Serge was extra careful and it wasn’t long before we reached the junction that would be our trailhead.

We got ready and headed uphill on the unplowed logging trail. It ascended steadily at a moderate grade and the crusty snow was already turning to wet corn. The trail meandered uphill as we passed a few junctions and logging patches and we finally reached the end of the trail. We could roughly see the bump ahead of us where we wanted to head and the forest seemed to thin out over there. We followed logging ruts south until they stopped at the foot of a steeper slope and we ascended this short pitch, ending up on a slight ridge.

I soon noticed we needed to go through a col and reach the main ridge so we kept going south until we were closest and then angled southwest and descended to a nice open glade. From there, the forest was very sparse and the slopes gentle. It wasn’t long until we emerged on the higher point of what we considered to be a shoulder of our goal, sommet de Moncton (sommet sud). We spotted a large boulder on our left and I then decided that I was going to enter this summit in the Peakbagger database. We headed over and climbed the boulder on which we could both stand and I put a waypoint down in the GPS. The view around was great and we could see the ridge dip to a col and then climb back up to the main summit.

We resumed our hike and the wind picked up as we descended. The snow was different than at the trailhead, much more icy and even covered by powdery wind drift. We quickly reached the col and our next ascent would start here.

It turns out, I investigated the matter back at home, that the boulder sits almost exactly at the coordinates of the official toponym: sommet de Moncton.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:909 ft / 277 m
    Total Elevation Loss:115 ft / 34 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:909 ft / 277 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 843 ft / 257 m; Extra: 66 ft / 20m
    Loss on way in:66 ft / 20 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2 km
    Route:Logging roads, bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Junction on RTE 66  2536 ft / 772 m
    Time:54 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:49 ft / 14 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:Ridge walk
    End Trailhead:Col to sommet sud  3330 ft / 1014 m
    Time:4 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Sommet de Moncton (avril 2017)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Sommet de Moncton2017-04-08 a909 ft / 277 m
2Sommet de Moncton-Sommet Sud2017-04-08 b240 ft / 73 m
3Sommet de Moncton-Sommet Nord2017-04-08 c46 ft / 14 m
Total Trip Gain: 1195 ft / 364 m    Total Trip Loss: 1188 ft / 362 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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