Ascent of Montagne de Gros Foug on 2010-12-12

Climber: Lee Newton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, December 12, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Montagne de Gros Foug
    Elevation:1057 m / 3468 ft

Ascent Trip Report

I drove via Geneva and the new motorway to Annecy, and then west to Rumilly. From there up to the mountain I passed a number of raod closed signs but ignored them as others were doing. I parked at 863m altitude opposite an unsurfaced track which led off Northwest and before the hairpins higher up (where the road actually was blocked by snow).Following the track, which can be driven in summer conditions, brings you quickly to a multi-way track junction at 918m alt. Here a sign advised that wild boar were in season and the rest of the walk was plagued by encounters with unfriendly hunters and their even more unfriendly dogs.

I took the track north and after a short distance the sentier de gros foug was signposted left (pass 1 or 2 other possibilities first). Following this steeply but briefly up and down brought me to a good quality road and a gathering point for the hunters. Turning north, past the "point de vue", brought me to a junction of paths where it is simply a case of picking the one going uphill and then following the track tot he highpoint. The highest point seems to be in some thick scrub to the right of the track.

After making a few passes back and forth over the high ground I took the same route back to the car and carried on tho the Grand Colombier across the valley
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:243 m / 801 ft
    Extra Gain:24 m / 82 ft
    Distance:5 km / 3.1 mi
    Route:Sentier de Gros Foug and further tracks
    Trailhead:Eastern access from the D231  862 m / 2831 ft
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Calm
morning mist
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:30 Minutes

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