Ascent of Mount D'Urban on 2012-04-29

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 29, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount D'Urban
    Location:Canada/United States
    Elevation:2999 ft / 914 m

Ascent Trip Report

This TR covers my trip to Mount D'Urban, ME-NH-QC Tripoint and Boundary Mountain 474.34. I approached form the north (Canada) starting at the TH on 10e Rang Ouest ...... 16km, 7h00 hours RT for all summits.

From the town of Chartierville, QC, jct 257/210, I drove north on 257 for 3.7km to a right turn on 10e Rang Ouest, 8.1km east to the TH on the right side. The Sentiers Frontaliers "SF9" crosses the road at this point.
Note: Just 100 meters before SF9 is a dirt road on the right that heads south then east, this unposted road is frequently used by ATV's. The SF9 crosses this road at 3 places on its way to the Boundary Line. For my return trip I descended this road and found out that a passenger car can gingerly drive this road to the 3rd SF9 crossing, thereby eliminating 4+km on the RT.
In this TR all the distances are guess-estimates and the times include all breaks, note taking, etc.

From the TH on 10e Rang Ouest I left southbound (cold, temp around 5C) on SF9 with a 1-2 inch snow cover (became 2-3 higher up) for 4.4km to the Boundary Line Swath. This trail is well blazed and easy to follow, only a few spots with some blowdown, it is however wet/muddy/rough in numerous places and it appears to get little use. It was slow going especially with the snow, It took me 2h00 hours to ascend this section.

The SF9 comes out at a spot where the Boundary Line changes direction, straight ahead at the center of the Swath is the benchmark embedded in rock "UNITED STATES/CANADA NO 475.5", at GPS 45.30510,-71.08694. The SF9 meets up with SF1 which follows the Swath (in and out) in both directions. Took a break.
I would find out that the Swath condition throughout this area is exceptional clean and clear of any cuttings. The Swath is rocky in numerous places with a few ledges to deal with and its not without a number of wet boggy areas that have to be circumvented. The SF1 is little used so I would lose it at places, but not at all difficult, the snow slowed the pace.

For MOUNT D'URBAN I turned right westbound on the Swath and in .4km came to the Monument 476 (original cast iron) located in a low/wet/boggy area, Hunters Stand on the Quebec side. A small BM in the base of the Monument reads 2522' elevation.
I continued westbound 2km over a major bump to the summit which offers superb open views to the west.
After checking out the area my not-too-reliable eye-level told me the HP is the rock outcrop 10 meters inside the New Hampshire woods, beside it at 5 meters is a beautiful white Canister "D'URBAN 3010", installed in 2008, numerous people signed the register.
I left the summit after 35 minute break and was back at BM 475.5 (9.2km, 4h15 hours from TH).

I continued eastbound on the Swath (from BM 475.5) for .4km to the ME-NH-QC TRIPOINT .... at Monument 475 "granite, renewed 1998", my GPS 45.30565,-71.08359. To my surprise a flat Old Stone Marker is embedded in the ground on the USA side of Monument 475. This flat Old Stone Marker is engraved with dated letters "NH/ME, 1858", no question that this is the NH/ME State Line and therefore the TriPoint Marker NH/ME/QC. This historical Marker was originally called the Crown Monument.
I was aware of the existence of this Marker, but I always thought that it was separate from the Monument 475, since the goggle map shows the State Line west of 475.
I should note that the surface of this Old Marker is well-below grade level and it has been recently cleaned/maintained (something like someone maintaining a flat stone at a grave site).

I continued eastbound on the swath another .8km to obvious summit of BOUNDARY MOUNTAIN 474.34 before backtracking to the TH. The obvious highest point of this summit, located right-on the USA/CAN Boundary Line, is identified with a benchmark embedded in rock "UNITED STATES/CANADA NO 474.34".

My goal, to high point all of the USA/CA Boundary Peaks (and where necessary, add them to the PB Library as I do them) from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic, will take a long time. I try to make as many trips per year as possible. With today's hike I have reached the QC/ME Border and have visited 36 Boundary Peaks so far. I have a long way to go with the more difficult sections ahead ... the research involved for picking the peaks and its access is the biggest part of the work.

Overall the private property owners have been very understanding ... always a worry but not an issue. My biggest problem is "too many items on TTD LIST".
I should note that there are numerous intermediate "UNITED STATES/CANADA BM" throughout the Boundary Line sections that I have hiked.

I got back to BM 575.5 (11.6km, 5h30 hours from TH) and back down to the TH on 10e Rang Ouest (16km, 7h00 hours).


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1809 ft / 551 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1809 ft / 551 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.5 mi / 13.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1579 ft / 481 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1349 ft / 412 m; Extra: 230 ft / 70m
    Loss on way in:230 ft / 70 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:SF9 sb from 10e rang ouest to SF1 wb
    Start Trailhead:10e rang ouest  1650 ft / 502 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1579 ft / 481 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1349 ft / 412 m; Extra: 230 ft / 70m
    Gain on way out:230 ft / 70 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:SF9 sb from 10e rang ouest to SF1
    End Trailhead:10e rang ouest  1650 ft / 502 m
Ascent Part of Trip: urban

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount D'Urban2012-04-29 a1809 ft / 551 m
2ME-NH-QC Tri-Point2012-04-29 b 
3Boundary Mountain 474.342012-04-29 c340 ft / 104 m
Total Trip Gain: 2149 ft / 655 m    Total Trip Loss: 2149 ft / 655 m

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