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Ascent of Gros Morne on 1999-07-08

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Thursday, July 8, 1999
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Gros Morne
    Location:Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador
    Elevation:2648 ft / 807 m

Ascent Trip Report

Today is the 15th day of our trip "Maritimes 1999". When we arrived in this area yesterday we went directly to the Gros Morne Interpretive Center for trail information - a beautiful place, had to purchase a day pass ($3.25). While here we will stay at the Spirity Campground in Rocky Harbour.

This morning Rose dropped me off at the TH on Rte # 430, she will be busy today with a number of errands ..... laundry, ferry reservations, calling the kids, and shopping for the grandchildren.

I opted for a loop hike, leaving the TH at 8h15 hours, I soon arrived at the bottom of the steep gully that led up to the plateau. I met up with a St. John's couple and we decided to climb together.
About 3/4 of the way up the rocky steep gully we met up with a black bear sitting on the side of the trail. We had to wait around 'til he decided to move on/away from the trail.

We summited at 10h45 hours after leaving the TH 2 1/2 hours earlier. The surroundings reminded me of the Gaspe's Mount Jacques Cartier, open, rocky with little vegetation. The summit's panorama of Ten Mile Pond is truly awesome ..... you only see it in NF's tourist brochures. My friends moved on while I took a good break to absorb/enjoy the moment.

As you leave the plateau the descent towards Ferry Gulch starts out as a long wooden staircase followed by a long gradual rough stone trail, hard on the knees and feet. I got back to the TH after a 6 hour good day, Rose waiting.
We will overnight here before ferrying-ON to Nova Scotia tomorrow PM.

"WHEN YOU GET TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN LOVE THE MOMENT ..... THE ENERGY OF THAT MOMANT WIIL BRING YOU BACK".
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2248 ft / 684 m
    Total Elevation Loss:800 ft / 242 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1848 ft / 563 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1448 ft / 442 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Loss on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:9.9 mi / 16 km
    Route:from rte #430/eastern arm, NE ferry gulch brook
    Start Trailhead:spirity CG, rocky harbour,rte #430 eastern arm  1200 ft / 365 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:400 ft / 121 m
    Gain on way out:400 ft / 121 m



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