Ascent of Boundary Peak on 2010-10-09

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 9, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Boundary Peak
    Location:United States/Canada
    Elevation:3852 ft / 1174 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the col, I went along the border trench. I passed many hunter caches on the way, all on the Canadian side and passed monolith 444, that has toppled. It seems that it's only a thin metal casing over a wooden post. The official Sentiers Frontaliers trail followed the trench for a couple kilometers and then went west down in a valley on the Canadian side.

I kept going on the trench to reach Boundary Peak and from here the gradient went steadily upwards. Border monolith 445 lies only about 200 meters north of Boundary Peak, and it could topple anytime as it is completely broken at its base. I went up the last pitch and stood in front of my day's last summit. It was now 12:35pm. There aren't many views except south, along the trench. There is a border benchmark at the trench's center, but the summit cairn lies about a meter inside the US border. It seems the true summit is about a foot higher than the border line. I stepped over and touched the cairn before going back to my side to eat lunch. I ate all my snacks and to my own surprise, opened my Nalgene bottle for the first time that day. it was a little windy and the bleak sun wasn't able to keep me too warm so I left quickly.

I hiked back down north on the trench, passed monolith 445, and soon reached the SF trail's junction. It was an easy walk down and I could even run on some pitches. Down in the valley, the trail hooked up with a large and seemingly well-used jeep track. It was extremely damp and I had to route-find my way across many large ponds. Still, I got near Clearwater hut around 1:55pm. I wanted to check if Luiza had decided to wait for me there so I took the fork towards the hut. I heard the noise of wood chopping and I saw a man at work. He had a large rottweiler that heard me at the same time as the man did. Both were startled but the dog didn't seem aggressive. We greeted each others and the dog went to sniff me. It soon dismissed me as uninteresting and went back to wandering around while I talked with the man. We chatted for about 20 minutes and I left the hut at 2:20pm. Luiza was undoubtedly waiting for me in the car. The trail was quite easy but I had to hike up one last pitch almost to mont Gosford's summit. I still hadn't seen anybody on the trail all day, but I assumed this was going to change on the way down. Soon enough I passed some people going up. I passed many groups on my way down and I ran all the sections I could. I noticed the lean-to was full as I passed by. A little further down in the valley, I met a group that was looking at the region's map, seeming puzzled. They were trying to find where they could pitch their tent. I helped them the best I could telling them higher up would be difficult as the forest was quite brushy. I kept on going and soon reached the parking, at around 3:05pm.

Luiza was napping in the car ensconced in her sleeping bag. There were still many cars at the parking, but she told me she had seen hordes of people on the trail and that the parking was actually overflowing when she reached it. I was happy that we had been alone on the trail all day. We got ready and took the road towards Québec and our beds.

The trench looking north from the junction near Border Monument 443.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1473 ft / 448 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2608 ft / 793 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.6 mi / 12.2 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Overcast
Overcast with short sunny periods
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:653 ft / 199 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 522 ft / 160 m; Extra: 131 ft / 39m
    Loss on way in:131 ft / 39 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Border Trench
    Start Trailhead:Col along Border Trench  3330 ft / 1014 m
    Time:35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2477 ft / 754 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1657 ft / 505 m; Extra: 820 ft / 249m
    Gain on way out:820 ft / 249 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route:Clearwater Trail and Rose-Délima Trail
    End Trailhead:Parking Rose-Délima  2195 ft / 669 m
    Time:2 Hours 5 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: ZEC Louise-Gosford

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mont Gosford2010-10-09 a1696 ft / 517 m
2West Monument 443 Peak2010-10-09 b739 ft / 225 m
3Boundary Mon 4432010-10-09 c 
4Cap Frontière2010-10-09 d 
5Boundary Peak2010-10-09 e1473 ft / 449 m
Total Trip Gain: 3908 ft / 1191 m    Total Trip Loss: 3911 ft / 1192 m
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