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Ascent of Mont Raoul-Blanchard on 2010-03-01

Climber: Gabriel C

Others in Party:Cirstobal Romero
Arnaud Guyomard
Date:Monday, March 1, 2010
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Mont Raoul-Blanchard
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:1673 ft / 509 m

Ascent Trip Report

Me and a few colleagues had planned an outing in the Raoul-Blanchard area for a while and we had finally set it in motion. Three of us would leave very early monday morning, and the rest would join us in the field during the day.

Cristobal met me at my place around 4:00am. We packed up and drove all the way to the trailhead where we met Arnaud at 5:00am. We prepared and left the road around 5:30am and immediately noticed the logging traffic was heavy. We walked along the approach road for an hour and a half, covering about 7km, but looking at an approaching truck, we saw a pickup with its signal lights on just behind it. It stopped, and the man inside asked us who gave us the authority to be there. When we answered no-one, he told us we were trespassing and said we either hopped in the bed or he would call the police. He drove us back to the gate, and we had no other choice but to walk away. We then called our friends, told them what had just happened, and the consensus was to meet back at Gabriel B.'s place.

Arnaud left then because he only had the day to spend and Cristobal and I drove back to town.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:295 ft / 89 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.7 mi / 14 km
    Route:Logging road
    Trailhead:Rang Ste-Marie  1378 ft / 420 m
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: ZEC des Martres 03-2010 (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1(Attempt) Mont Raoul-Blanchard2010-03-01 a295 ft / 90 m
2Montagne de l'Accueil-col below summit2010-03-01 b587 ft / 179 m
3Montagne de l'Accueil-col below summit2010-03-01 c590 ft / 180 m
4Petit mont de la Galette2010-03-02 a361 ft / 110 m
5Mont de la Galette2010-03-02 b322 ft / 98 m
6Montagne de l'Accueil2010-03-02 c213 ft / 65 m
Total Trip Gain: 2368 ft / 722 m    Total Trip Loss: 1781 ft / 543 m



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