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Ascent to South Les Moulins High Point-Areas 1, 2 & 4 on 2010-10-27

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Supported by Rose
Date:Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:South Les Moulins High Point - Areas 1, 2 & 4
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:254 ft / 77 m
    Remaining Elevation:-21 ft / -6 m (-162% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

According to PB this CoHP has 4 candidate areas, I went to 3 areas on this first visit.

AREA 1 ..... an easy trail/bushwack, less than 1km and 30 minutes RT.
From La Plaine at hwy junction #337/335, northwest of Terrebone, travel northwest on Blvd Laurier to a left turn on Chemin du Trait-Carre, at .7km turn right on a dirt road and travel north to its end at 1.2km (the woods). This is the TH that I used for areas 1 & 4, however I should note that on my second visit to this County I noticed that the start of the dirt road at Chemin du Trait-Carre was chained-of, so one would have walk in. I would recommend using the alternate TH described in Therese-Blainville CoHP for Area 4.
The Area 1 highpoint is at 300M on a 300 degrees magnetic compass. I should note that this whole area of Quebec is one huge table. From the TH I walked west on a trail (yellow arrow on a tree) 50M to a north-south trail (a swath in the woods), turn right (north) and at 300M the highpoiunt area is on the left. I identified two spots as possible highpoint, GPS readings of 45.80746, 73.80566 and 45.80780, 73.80570. This is a fairly open flat evergreen forest.

AREA 4 (northwest of Area 1) ..... approx 4km RT from TH.
From Area 1 I bushwacked west perhaps .3km to the Power Line right-of-way, then right (north) on a good sand track with signs of horse traffic 1.2km to the high ground area (75 meters past the 3rd Transmission Tower, directly under the center Power Line). I had to jump over a few water ditches. I chose my HP at a fairly obvious spot, GPS read 45.81309, -73.81789.
I returned by staying/following the sand track all the way to the 4th Tower (1.6km) where the track turns/winds east (.4km) back to the TH noted above for Area 1.

Area 2 .... flat dense bushwack, 500M RT
From Area 1 TH we drove back to Blvd Laurier then left (north) 1.9km to house #13751 on the right, Area 2 highground is behind this house at about .2km.
We parked on Blvd Laurier at an open lot 2 houses before #13571 and bushwacked east/walked-circles in a somewhat dense evergreen forest, with some undergrowth, looking for the high ground. I tried to touch all bases but difficult to find "the" HP. I chose a spot beside a track at GPS 45.81597, -73.79887.

Area 3 ..... not done.

"LIFE IS NOT MEASURED BY THE NUMBER OF BREATHS THAT WE TAKE ...... BUT BY THE MOMENTS THAT TAKE OUR BREATHS AWAY."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:34 ft / 10 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:northwest bushwack from end of dirt road
    Trailhead:la plaine/blvd laurier/chemin du trait-carre  220 ft / 67 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack



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