Ascent of Mont du Lac Sérénité on 2010-06-06

Climber: Gabriel C

Date:Sunday, June 6, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont du Lac Sérénité
    Elevation:3356 ft / 1022 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sunday, Luiza had to head back into town. She was working on Monday and had to prepare for an important meeting. She had trouble sleeping the night before due to the low temperature, so I let her sleep until 9:30am. We ate and then she packed her stuff so that we headed off along highway 161 at 10:30am. We backtracked the earlier day's route and two hours later, at 12:30pm we were back at l'Étape.

Her bus was at 2:40pm so she was going to wait a while. I ate a slice of pizza along with some fries with her and after saying goodbye, I was off again to bag Mont du lac Sérénité. It was a bit far away, but I wanted to do it anyway. I followed highway 175 all the way to where we met it coming in, but I didn't want to follow it all the way to the gravel road I needed to take. It would add at least a kilometer and a half to my day and it was already a long one. I decided to hike in the open country under the power line clearing heading south. It seemed easy from what I could see. How wrong could I have been.

As I have mentioned earlier, anything remotely flat seems to automatically qualify to become a peat marsh. A bridge was collapsed forcing me to find a way to hop over rocks to get through. I had to tread very carefully going through streams and at one point I even had to walk on a beaver dam. This dam seemingly led nowhere so I had to make a decision. There, only a few meters away was the other shore, with a small island and two hops separating it from me. I wrongfully assumed it was a solid island and hopped directly on a floating mass of peat. It gave under my feet, luckily not breaking apart and me not passing through it. My heart was racing as I made the second wobbly hop to shore while swearing loudly. This episode was very frightening. I think I could have drowned if the peat hadn't been solid enough.

Now filled with massive amounts of adrenaline, I raced up the steep slope under the power line and looked at what I had just crossed. I wondered why I even chose to do this instead of following the road...

It looks like a watery maze from up here.

A few tens of meters later, I joined with highway 16. it soon branched off and I followed highway 161 again. I took a side road towards my goal after about a kilometer. It wound up the hill until it was clear it was a dead end. I left my pack on the ground and prepared for a good bushwhack. It turned out that 5 minutes later I was standing on a recently built logging road that was further up. I had to cross it before the real fun began. Bushwhacking this forest was hard. Really hard. I'm accustomed to it in the winter, but it seems like child's play compared to this.

Everything was covered in peat moss. Fallen trees rotting away, rocks, flat areas filled with water, all of them covered in peat moss. It even seems that standing trees are mossy! Furthermore, it was regrowth, so there were many young trees. I don't think I ever had it harder in a bushwhack before, and I was quite soaked when I finally stood on the summit. There is actually a summit boulder - in the middle of the forest... and it's moss-free!

I was happy I had made it and started back down. I took a more direct way down trying to take as less time as possible, but I had trouble finding where I had left my pack. When I got it back, it was only a matter of walking 7 kilometers or so back to the already pitched tent. There I wited for sleep to overcome me, a few hours later.

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:833 ft / 253 m
    Total Elevation Loss:833 ft / 253 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15 mi / 24.2 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Light drizzle on and off
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:833 ft / 253 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 554 ft / 168 m; Extra: 279 ft / 85m
    Loss on way in:279 ft / 85 m
    Distance:9.9 mi / 16 km
    Route:road hikes and bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Lac Beauséjour tent camp  2802 ft / 854 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:554 ft / 168 m
    Distance:5.1 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:bushwhack, trails, and gravel road
    End Trailhead:Lac Beauséjour tent camp  2802 ft / 854 m
    Time:1 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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