Ascent of Mont Camille-Pouliot - Sommet 1067 on 2010-06-05

Climber: Gabriel C

Others in Party:Luiza Manceau
Date:Saturday, June 5, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont Camille-Pouliot - Sommet 1067
    Elevation:3510 ft / 1069 m

Ascent Trip Report

This ascent was only a formality, in order for us to join with a trail that was marked on my maps and would send us down towards our camping goal, Lac Beauséjour. We started at the col down from Mont Camille-Pouliot (sommet ouest) and straight away we had to attack the bushwhack. The summit was only 30 meters or so above us and about 300 meters away, but it still took a little over 15 minutes. When we got there we just kept moving as what we were looking for was the trail.

It soon appeared that the trail was either long gone or I was unable to find it. We went along with GPS assist and after about a half-hour more of relatively easy bushwhack, we finally joined up with the aforementioned trail. It was a very old jeep trail completely overgrown with thick peat moss, which seems to be the dominant ground cover in the area.

It was easy to follow, but just before the trail angled due east, we had to choose. Either follow the easy trail and have to walk a few extra kilometers or go back at the bushwhack 500m or so to link up with another trail that would bring us onto a larger gravel road. Luiza accepted the challenge and we dove again in the brush. This time it was harder as terrain was much flatter and everything flat here has at least a foot of water hidden under the peat. We had to tread carefully while trying to extricate our way through the low branches while I was trying to find the trail marked on my GPS.

At some point, while I was scouting ahead, I heard Luiza yelp and ask for help. I made it back to her and she was standing there with her left leg sunk in peat all the way to the thigh. We had to pull her out of there but the only harm done was watery. Still, I was struggling to find those elusive trails, and at that point I pretty much gave up and decided to just go straight ahead until I hit the bigger road. Not 30 seconds later, I was standing on an old jeep trail covered in peat moss. It was where I should have found it according to my maps, so we followed it until we hit highway 161. From there it was an easy walk towards lac Beauséjour. We met two cars going the opposite way but that's it. It was now around 1:30pm and we didn't know exactly where to camp.

Our plan was to camp on lac Ben's shores, away from traffic, but as soon as we turned the last corner before the intersection, I started to question that choice. There were many logging machines parked along the main road and everything south of it was in a wreck of splinters and mud. We tried to find the trail leading to the lake, but in vain. I then scouted up a bit up the logging road going to the lake, but everything looked demolished and there were more machines there.

We then decided to try and look at lac Beauséjour's shores. After following HWY 161 about 100m further, there was a clearing on the right that could lead us to the very close lake. We had to bushwhack again, but this time through raspberries. After the raspberries, it was an easy lunge through some thick spruce trees before we were on the shore. It was a nice spot, with a torrent nearby flowing into the lake (that was the stream coming down from lac Ben). We cleared a nice sandy spot and pitched the tent there. As soon as we were finished, it started raining steadily all the way until we were asleep.

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:114 ft / 34 m
    Total Elevation Loss:688 ft / 209 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.3 mi / 8.4 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast
Overcast with menacing clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:114 ft / 34 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:bushwhack up slopes
    Start Trailhead:Summit 1067 col  3396 ft / 1035 m
    Time:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:688 ft / 209 m
    Distance:5.1 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:bushwhack, trails, and gravel road
    End Trailhead:Lac Beauséjour shore  2822 ft / 860 m
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Lac Beauséjour (June 2010) (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mont Camille-Pouliot - Sommet Ouest2010-06-05 a922 ft / 281 m
2Mont Camille-Pouliot - Sommet 10672010-06-05 b114 ft / 35 m
3Mont du Lac Sérénité2010-06-06833 ft / 254 m
4Mont du Lac Ben2010-06-07 a754 ft / 230 m
5Mont Camille-Pouliot2010-06-07 b590 ft / 180 m
Total Trip Gain: 3213 ft / 980 m    Total Trip Loss: 3193 ft / 974 m

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