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Ascent of Mont Citadelle-North Ridge on 2013-07-14

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 14, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Citadelle-North Ridge
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:1550 ft / 472 m

Ascent Trip Report

MONT CITADELLE-NORTH RIDGE .... a rutted track wb with a short bushwack .... 1.4km, 40 minutes RT.
From the TH (per below) I walked back (south) on the dirt road 60 meters to a wide swath in the woods on the right (with 2 deeply rutted tracks). I followed/climbed the swath westerly (more or less paralleling the County Line) to a height-of-land on the ridge, where I turned right (north) and bushwacked 50-60 meters (easy) to the obvious HP ...... my GPS 47.74081,-69.19043, all wooded, I didn't see any County Line markings, I believe this spot is well north of the line. I orange taped my bushwack route.

MONT CITADELLE ... a moderate climb of 2km. 40 minutes RT.
I learned from 2 guys on the summit that this new "Parc Aventure Mont Citadelle Facility" (not yet completed) has gone bankrupt after a 9 million dollar investment. The main contractor who built the Facility has purchased the site for a mere 350k$. It's not known what he'll do with it.
From the TH (per below) I climbed westerly on a winding go-kart-type track 1km to the summit with great open views, I didn't find the BM. A Communication Tower is a few hundred meters to the north. I chatted with 2 guys on ATVs who gave the foregoing info.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FOR BOTH PEAKS
From A20, exit 499 (west of Riviere-du-Loup) we drove southeast on A85/185 towards New Brunswick for approx 34 km to a left turn on Rue Principale (this turn is about 6km west hwy #291 at Saint-Honore), 3.6km northeast turned left on Rue du Mont Citadelle (large sign "Parc Aventure Mont Citadelle"), 1.6km north arrived at the new Lodge, this was my TH FOR MONT CITADELLE.
We continued straight (north) on a dirt road for 1.5km to a left bend at the northwest end of Lac Morin at coordinates 47.74028,-69.18406. This spot is the approx Riviere-du-Loup/Temiscouata County Line and my TH FOR MONT CITADELLE-NORTH RIDGE.

We drove/overnighted at Edmundston, NB.

"IF YOU ARE NOT CRITICIZED, YOU MAY NOT BE DOING ENOUGH." ..... Donald Rumsfeld
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:225 ft / 68 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route: track wb/bushwack nb from lac morin
    Trailhead:road northwest side of Lac Morin  1325 ft / 403 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes



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