Ascent of Montcalm High Point on 2018-07-22

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 22, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Montcalm High Point
    Elevation:1358 ft / 413 m

Ascent Trip Report

After a 27km day climbing three P1K summits, I was eating at Thaï Express in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts. I looked at the different summits in the area and ruled out going for mont du lac Émile. The drive would be long and I had no idea what to expect as to access once there. I looked at two MRC high points and decided to go for those instead. I could climb the Montcalm HP, then drive to the Joliette HP and then back to Val-David where I was supposed to meet Luiza and her friend Nathalie after they got out of their weekend Ashram retreat.

I drove south on RTE 117 to Prévost where I turned left on chemin de la Station. I followed it as it changed to chemin David, then chemin du lac-Morency, then chemin du lac de l'Achigan in Saint-Hyppolyte. When it veered away from the lake and up in the hills, changing into 10e Rang, I started looking for rue Boisjoly, which I found after a few kilometers. The junction had a very wide shoulder and was the perfect spot to spend the night. It was around 07:30 so I spent about an hour and a half reading and listening to the radio. Some cars and motorcycles went past and then back out about an hour later. They gave me looks and slowed down but I friendlily waved at them which seemed satisfactory. They drove off and didn't bother me.

I then went to sleep as the sun was setting. A good 8 hours' sleep later I woke up to my alarm and got dressed. This was my trailhead so I walked north for a few hundred meters until I could see buildings further ahead. Almost immediately, a dog in front of a house spotted me and sprang up, barking loudly. I was still a good 200m away and instantly decided to turn back, getting bad vibes from the setting. Back at my car, I looked at the maps and saw I could probably get to the top from the north. I drove off and took the second street on the left, chemin Champagne.

At the lake's outlet, the gravel road was very wide so I made this my new trailhead. I could see a big dam made of various debris, and it provided me with a nice way across the creek. I was quite displeased to see lots of trash embedded in the rubble pile. This looked like a really redneck way to extend the lake below the proper dam just upstream. I wonder how or why it got built. In any case, on the other side, I started climbing moderately in the open deciduous woods. It wasn't long until I emerged in clear cut swaths full of debris. It was slightly awkward to trudge through the mess of branches but I made my way southwest when I noticed higher ground somewhere near the treeline. I reentered the woods and soon found a rather large boulder that was the clear high point. I climbed on top, marked it in the GPS and then started back towards the trailhead.

The descent was quick and uneventful and after crossing over the dam again, I was in the car and driving off towards my second goal, MRC Joliette HP.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:446 ft / 135 m
    Total Elevation Loss:446 ft / 135 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:423 ft / 128 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 357 ft / 108 m; Extra: 66 ft / 20m
    Loss on way in:66 ft / 20 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Start Trailhead:Along chemin Champagne  1001 ft / 305 m
    Time:19 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:380 ft / 115 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 357 ft / 108 m; Extra: 23 ft / 7m
    Gain on way out:23 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.7 km
    End Trailhead:Along chemin Champagne  1001 ft / 305 m
    Time:10 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Gabriel C
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