Ascent of Mont Gosford on 2010-10-09

Climber: Gabriel C

Others in Party:Luiza Manceau
Date:Saturday, October 9, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont Gosford
    Elevation:3871 ft / 1179 m

Ascent Trip Report

Luiza and I had planned to go out hiking on the long Thanksgiving weekend. We rented a car and prepared for one night of camping on the slopes of Mont Gosford. I wanted to bag the three summits on that massif.

We woke up early Friday morning and went to pick the car up a few blocks away from my place. After stopping by back home and at hers for some final things, we left on the road. It was uneventful and rainy all the way to Lac-Mégantic and the base of the mountain. We parked at ZEC Louise-Gosford's service center and waited until a group of hunters were setup by the clerks. We were then told that we couldn't go hike as it was hunting season. I had made a mistake reading the dates for the weekend and it was only on Saturday that the hiking period began.

We went back to the car to decide what to do. We didn't want to camp at the nearby campground and decided to drive to parc du Mont Mégantic. When we got there, we found out there was room in one of the cabins only 3km in the woods. We would almost certainly have it for ourselves and decided to take that opportunity. The clerk told us we should expect to be surrounded by boy scouts that had booked all 8 tent platforms around the cabin. We thought it would be funny and didn't mind.

The hike was an easy stroll and we quickly reached our cabin. The scouts weren't there yet so we settled in and lit a fire in the stove. We decided to take a nap and somewhere around 4:00pm, the scouts arrived. They didn't come inside and didn't unpack their gear. They took pictures and left. We assumed they had some activities at the AstroLAB but were surprised they didn't setup their camp.

We passed time playing some word games we found in old newspapers among the fire lighting material until we decided to eat dinner. After that we got ready for the night and settled down. Somewhere around 11:30pm the scouts came back. They were incredibly noisy, arriving in small batches that used their whistles to communicate with each others along screaming really really loud. Of course they hadn't any idea we were there (although their visit in the afternoon should have tipped them off as our stove was smoking up volumes of damp birch).

At some point, one of the leaders entered the cabin and on finding out we were there apologized for the noise. Minutes later, another one came in and asked two amazingly obnoxious questions: "Do you know where the water source is?" to which I answered I thought there was none but that there was a huge stream a few tens of meters away, pausing so he could hear the obvious rain-swelled roar it made. He then asked "Do you think it's drinkable?" to which I answered that my judgment would tell me no. He then apologized again for disturbing us and went away. When he was gone, my comment was "I don't think he has his potable water badge".

Next morning, we got up at 6:40am and started packing. After a quick breakfast, we started walking towards the car. Driving to ZEC Louise-Gosford was uneventful and the weather looked way better than the day before. Summits weren't lost in the clouds and we got a nice view of mont Mégantic. We got there around 8:30am and there were already many people getting ready to hike at the service center. We went inside to register and were quickly dispatched. Our goal would be to park at Rose-Délima Hut and take the trail straight up the mountain from there. We hurried to be the first on the trail and avoid the crowds. As we were getting our stuff out of the car we were joined by another couple. They got to the trail just in front of us but as we started hiking we caught up and passed them almost right away. It was 9:35am when we got on the trail.

From there we followed a very wide trail that follows the stream uphill in a wide and gently sloped valley. Our speed was around 3km/h and I thought we'd get up quite fast. Soon the trail climbed most of the altitude in one pitch. It was still a very easy trail that posed no problem to us. We soon reached a junction. Still alone, we kept going and about 10 minutes later we were sitting at the summit rock. it was 10:50am. I found a benchmark cemented in a small loose stone. It must have moved a lot over the years. We took photos, looked at the scenery a bit, and resumed hiking. We hiked along the crest trail that goes towards the Canadian-American border.

Luiza wasn't going to hike the whole loop with me so she took a right turn when we reached Clearwater parking at 11:35am. She was going to hike down to Clearwater hut and hike back up to the junction where we passed on the way in. From there she would hike down the main trail and wait for me at the car.

I was now going to go bag Monolith 443 west peak.

Luiza on the watchtower's steps.

A view south-south-east towards the US from atop the watchtower.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1673 ft / 509 m
    Total Elevation Loss:689 ft / 210 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Overcast
Overcast with short sunny periods
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1673 ft / 509 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.1 km
    Route:Rose-Délima Trail
    Start Trailhead:Parking Rose-Délima  2198 ft / 669 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:689 ft / 210 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Crest Trail
    End Trailhead:Parking Clearwater  3182 ft / 969 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: ZEC Louise-Gosford

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mont Gosford2010-10-09 a1673 ft / 510 m
2West Monument 443 Peak2010-10-09 b703 ft / 214 m
3Boundary Mon 4432010-10-09 c 
4Cap Frontière2010-10-09 d 
5Border Monuments 445-446 Peak2010-10-09 e1476 ft / 450 m
Total Trip Gain: 3852 ft / 1174 m    Total Trip Loss: 3855 ft / 1175 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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