Ascent of White Hill on 2012-04-23

Climber: Brian Friedrich

Others in Party:Laura Friedrich
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, April 23, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:White Hill
    Location:Canada-Nova Scotia
    Elevation:1749 ft / 533 m

Ascent Trip Report

Having completed a large number of eastern US state high points in considerably less time than we'd budgeted for, we made way for a couple of the eastern Canadian ones. This was one of the more adventurous high points so far. We pre-arranged access to the trailhead with the Parks Canada staff at Ingonish, which was otherwise still gated as it's pre-season. All staff we dealt with were excellent, providing some good beta on the beginning sections of the route. The trail started out fairly dry with only moderate muddy sections or tarns to bypass on rocks. Following the Branch Pond cutoff the situation became increasingly wet and more difficult to bypass while maintaining dry feet. We completely gave up trying to stay dry just before Lake of Islands upon reaching several trail sections completely covered by knee-deep water and extending far into the bush on both sides. This actually sped up our progress as we didn't need to be concerned with trying to avoid the water anymore. From here through 4 Corners, the sections of mud and deep water increased to become fairly regularly knee-to-thigh deep and for 20-60m at a time...pretty wild stuff. We chose what we thought was the best route up to the summit of the hill, now shrub and bushwhacking in relatively open country to the highpoint. Needless to say, many equally poor options to the top are available... The summit was easy to find with GPS and confirmed with the downed radio antenna and concrete summit marker with CGS seal (#23105). A geocache is also located in a small depression right at the top of the downed antenna tower. The weather was reasonable to this point - partly cloudy and cool - but was now deteriorating into drizzle and much colder. We followed a more direct line back to the trail and then back down to the car - now walking straight through the water and mud as we went. All-in-all, a great day in some sick sort of way. Nice to be the only folks in such a remote location. Incidentally, two excellent and somewhat equipped emergency shelters can be found on route if you're not looking to day trip this one: the first too soon to be of any real use (5km from the trailhead) and the second is an old ranger's cabin above and just past Tipover Lake. Thanks again to Clayton and Jeffrey for saving us 14km of additional road wandering by letting us through the gate!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3540 ft / 1078 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3540 ft / 1078 m
    Round-Trip Distance:26.7 mi / 43 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Cold, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2474 ft / 754 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1408 ft / 430 m; Extra: 1066 ft / 324m
    Loss on way in:1066 ft / 324 m
    Distance:13.4 mi / 21.5 km
    Route:Lake of Islands "trail"
    Start Trailhead:341 ft / 103 m
    Time:6 Hours 7 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2474 ft / 754 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1408 ft / 430 m; Extra: 1066 ft / 324m
    Gain on way out:1066 ft / 324 m
    Distance:13.4 mi / 21.5 km
    End Trailhead:341 ft / 103 m
    Time:4 Hours 43 Minutes

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