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Ascent of Mont Bleu-Northeast Slopes on 2013-07-13

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 13, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Bleu-Northeast Slopes
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:2150 ft / 655 m

Ascent Trip Report

A road walk with a short but difficult wacks ..... 9.2km, 2h50 hours RT for both Peaks.

From the TH (per below) I walked/climbed Chemin Mont Bleue (left branch of the fork) northeasterly for 2.4km to a sharp left bend, .6km west I passed a service road on the right that leads easterly .8km to Montagne Bleue-Northeast Slopes, I continued west on Chemin Mont Bleue for another .8km to the summit of Montagne Bleue (going around a locked-gate at half way point).

MONTAGNE BLEUE (3.8km from the TH)
Is capped with 3 Communication Towers and offers good views, the BM, embedded in a large concrete pedestal located beside the west Tower, is not legible except for "1915".
From this summit I headed to the Northeast Slopes at 1.4km.

MONTAGNE BLEUE-NORTHEAST SLOPES (1.6km from Montagne Bleue or 3.8km from TH)
From Montagne Bleue I walked the service roads easterly for 1.2km to the a group of 4 Communication Towers then continued easterly on the road for another .4km to the most eastern single Tower.
Both Tower installations are on the ridge and I believe in Kamouraska County and the County Line with Temiscouata County is immediately south of these Installations, on the very steep slope. After taking a lot of time checking out the area I didn't find any evidence of the County Line. This is a rough/dense area so everything I concluded is only a guess .... I believe its impossible to find "the" HP of these 2 Areas.
AREA 1 (per PB) ..... the most eastern single Tower is inside a large fenced-in area, 15 meters east of the northeast corner of this fenced-in area the ground drops off practically vertical. My GPS at this spot read 47.58453,-69.36737. I walked both directions (east/west) along the edge of this drop and scrambled south down the embankment blindly looking for the County Line ... no luck. This a rough/dense/difficult stuff, no fun here.
AREA 2 (per PB) .... PB wrongly shows this Area south of Montagne Bleue in a much lower area (its obvious to the eye, confirmed by my eye-level). If there is a second Area it would be south of the 4 Towers. I checked-out this Area 2 similar to the Area 1 and I chose a spot just south of the 4 Towers (at the edge of the clearing, east of the most southerly tower), GPS 47.58233, 69.37080. I wacked south to the road, again rough stuff.
I am calling this one good, and I'll leave it to others (better than I) to improve on my effort to find the county line "it will push me come back". Good luck.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE TH.
From Autoroute 20, exit 488 (Saint-Alexandre) we drove south on #289 for 28.3km to a left turn on Chemin Mont Bleue (unsigned), sign "Sanctuaire de Parke". Across the street(west) is a large wooden cross. We drove northeast on the good gravel road for 2.6km to a fork, the route which is to the left is gated, so we parked here, this was my TH.

Today I saw a cow moose, 2 deer and a bear cub.

"ALWAYS AND NEVER ARE TWO WORDS YOU SHOULD ALWAYS REMEMBER NEVER TO USE."


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:180 ft / 54 m
    Total Elevation Loss:180 ft / 54 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:140 ft / 42 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 100 ft / 31 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:ch mont bleue from montagne bleue
    Start Trailhead:Montagne Bleue  2050 ft / 624 m
    Time:22 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:140 ft / 42 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 100 ft / 31 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.8 km
    Route:ch mont bleue from montagne bleue
    End Trailhead:Montagne Bleue  2050 ft / 624 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: bleue 1

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mont Bleu2013-07-13 a940 ft / 287 m
2Mont Bleu-Northeast Slopes2013-07-13 b180 ft / 55 m
Total Trip Gain: 1120 ft / 342 m    Total Trip Loss: 220 ft / 67 m



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