Ascent of Mont Becky on 2013-12-07

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, December 7, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Becky
    Elevation:1578 ft / 480 m

Ascent Trip Report

This TR covers 2 peaks.

From Autoroute 10, exit 106 at Eastman (west of Magog) I drove south on #245 for 16.3km to the T-Junction with #243 at South Bolton. I turned left on #243 and in 100M picked up Chemin Mountain (just as 243 bends right) and followed it east for 2.5km to an unsigned road on the left (3 mailboxes on the corner). I parked here, this was my TH for the 2 peaks (Becky & Pevee) that I climbed today.

MONT BECKY ---- a short road/bushwhack climb, 2km, 1:20 RT.
I hiked north on the unsigned road 100M+ to a left turn onto a long private driveway which took me passed the house to the southside of a small pond (300+M from TH), where I started my bushwhack.
I hiked/climbed west abt 200M to the ridge then turned right (generally north) 500M to the summit (1km, 45 minutes from TH). This route (albeit short) is rocky/rough/steep-at-places with a few ledges, I looked-for/zig-zaggged the easiest way. This old man huffed and puffed and took numerous granny breaks, slow going - the floor of the open deciduous woods was covered with a 6" carpet of snow.
The HP is at a rock outcrop with limited views through the trees, my GPS read 45.16133,-72.34778.
I backtracked to the TH in 22 minutes and continued on to Mont Pevee.

MONT PEVEE ---- A road/bushwhack southeast bound from Chemin Mountain to a superb open panorama, well worth the effort - 3.5km, 2h25 RT.
From the TH I walked east on Chemin Mountain 150M to the first private driveway on the right. I followed it south for abt 50+M before entering the woods on the left and bushwhacking a 165 degree compass line to the summit (the estimated at 1 3/4 km climb took me 1h25).
This route (with a 6" carpet of snow) is rough and rocky with a number of small ledges, requiring a lot of zig-zagging and with more technically difficult than Mont Becky (more scrambling and hand work) - even though I huffed and puffed I must say that it wasn't as hard on my cardio system as Becky (I took it easier, my breathing is not what it used to be and is difficult/problem). The woods are all very open deciduous except for the last 200+M at the summit area (evergreen).
The open rocky summit, topped with a cairn and a wooden pole (my GPS 45.14798,-72.33605) offers the climber a superb 360 degree panorama of the area - Owl's Head ski resort can be seen to the left of south, into Vermont the Jay Peak ski slopes dominate to the right of south, and to the west is the Monts Sutton range.
Unfortunately it was very windy and cold so I didn't stick around too long - I backtracked/descended to the TH in 45 minutes.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:495 ft / 150 m
    Total Elevation Loss:495 ft / 150 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:495 ft / 150 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:road/bushwack nb from chemin mountain
    Start Trailhead:Chemin Mountain  1083 ft / 330 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:495 ft / 150 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:road/bushwack sb to chemin mountain
    End Trailhead:Chemin Mountain  1083 ft / 330 m
    Time:22 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: becky

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mont Becky2013-12-07 a495 ft / 151 m
2Mont du Pevee2013-12-07 b1040 ft / 317 m
Total Trip Gain: 1535 ft / 468 m    Total Trip Loss: 1535 ft / 468 m

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