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Ascent of Mont Colombier on 2022-04-15

Climber: Alfred E Neuman

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, April 15, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont Colombier
    Location:France
    Elevation:6709 ft / 2044 m

Ascent Trip Report

Starting from the bus stop at le Châtelard, I descended down to the river, then up to the village of Montlardier. From here, a path leads up to the col de Rossanaz. Initially easy to follow, the path becomes extremely faint higher up. I lost my way and went off piste, climbing fairly directly up, before realising I was heading into a dead-end bounded by big cliffs up ahead. I traversed to the left (East) under a rock band before eventually finding the proper path again. Above around 1500 m the going was over soft slushy snow. There is an annoying downclimb from the col de Rossanaz before the final climb up to the summit via the col du Colombier. Despite getting a bit lost, I somehow made the summit in just under 3 hours. I decended the same way I came up, taking care to follow the correct path (almost) all the way.

Overall, a decent climb but anyone who manages to follow the path all the way deserves a medal. A bus driver told me the route was used by farmers in the past but they now use another way (probably one more accessible by quad bikes).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5275 ft / 1606 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5275 ft / 1606 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.7 mi / 14 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4783 ft / 1457 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4291 ft / 1307 m; Extra: 492 ft / 149m
    Loss on way in:492 ft / 149 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 7 km
    Route:From the North
    Start Trailhead:Le Châtelard  2418 ft / 737 m
    Time:2 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4783 ft / 1457 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4291 ft / 1307 m; Extra: 492 ft / 149m
    Gain on way out:492 ft / 149 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 7 km
    End Trailhead:Le Châtelard  2418 ft / 737 m



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