Ascent of Pierre-sur-Haute on 2012-09-18

Climber: Susan Mackenzie

Others in Party:Stuart Mackenzie
Date:Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:5361 ft / 1634 m

Ascent Trip Report

Walked in from car which we left on the col. We felt a bit nervous as we knew we were probably not going to make the summit. Our host for the previous night had made it clear that entry was forbidden. Vehicles were using the track but no one challenged us. We walked round the perimeter of the military compound and considered waiting at the gate to ask permission to enter. Then we thought....if they say no (as they are probably bound to do)we would feel unable to enter secretly. So we just went for it! It was easy to get under the fence, no one seemed to be about and the cross marking the summit was only a few metres away. Found a rosary left at the cross, which seemed very poignant. Stuart took a photo of me by the cross. We walked briskly back to the car. There is a very curious cross worth a look near the col.
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Pierre-sur-Haute summit cross (2012-09-18). Photo by Susan Mackenzie.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:801 ft / 244 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:road to summit mast
    Trailhead:Col du Beal  4560 ft / 1389 m
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 

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