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Ascent of Moyennel Mont on 2013-01-06

Climber: Lee Newton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 6, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Moyennel Mont
    Location:France
    Elevation:768 m / 2520 ft

Ascent Trip Report

I drove to the Vosges originally intending to climb one of the higher tops, but the weather when I got there was absolutely foul, with low cloud and persistent drizzle, the forecast had been quite different. I changed the plan to bagging a few P150m lower forested tops which would mainly have no views anyway, even in good weather.

The first of these was Moyennel Mont. Having located the tiny hamlet of Ivoux, southest of St Die des Vosges, I was pleased to find I could drive up to the Crois des Jumeaux, the col immediately NNW of the summit. The road was dirt for the last km or so, but fine with care for my Renault Megane. At the road junction there was room to park near a war memorial (the Croix). From there I headed southeast along the forest road for about 600m until a junction with another forest road doubling back steeply up the hillside. This was followed to another junction (signed le Chemin d'Arnoud) with a narrower path leading directly to the forested summit area. The highest ground was not terribly obvious but was probably on the southeast side on a small sandstone outcrop that would have allowed some limited views if I hadn´t been well above the cloud level.. Returning by the same route I was quickly back at the car. What looks like a direct path on the map from col to summit is not to be recommended unless you particularly enjoy bushwhacking.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:141 m / 460 ft
    Distance:2 km / 1.2 mi
    Route:Forest road / Chemin d'Arnaud
    Trailhead:Croix des Jumeaux  627 m / 2060 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Cold, Calm, Low Clouds
Minging
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:15 Minutes



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