Ascent of Mont de la Tour on 2015-09-06

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 6, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont de la Tour
    Elevation:3550 ft / 1082 m

Ascent Trip Report

As usual, this year's labour day week-end was devoted to trail work in the Uapishka. Luiza couldn't come as she was busy working at the greenhouses in Eastman, but I took the road by myself anyway. I packed the car on Thursday evening and went to bed early. I woke up at 03:00 and packed the cooler before taking off on the empty highway­. The drive to Tadoussac was a mostly lonesome affair but after crossing the Saguenay river, I started to see commuters heading to work. I stopped for breakfast in Forestville but waited until Baiem-Comeau to fuel up. From there, I drove on a quiet HWY 389 although I was stuck behind some very slow tankers in a few spots.

I arrived at km336 around noon and checked the gravel pit, to if there were people already. It was empty, although I could see some tents, so I moved on to camp Matsheshu at km365 where I found Marc St-Hilaire's car along Michel Denis' pickup. I found them at the cabin and chatted a bit before we all headed to the road. They were going to start setting up base camp at km336 while I wanted to investigate an area further north where I could potentially get a lease for a cabin. I took the road and parked at a nearby gravel pit and started scouting the scorched land north of Beaupin river. I remained there about 2 hours, picking almost 1.5 liters of blueberries along the way.

When I returned to base camp at km 336, I helped set it up as we waited for others to get there. A pickup from Cégep de Baie-Comeau finally arrived with lots of gear, most notably the marquee. We struggled somewhat as no one had ever raised it but we were able to pull it off before sunset, as other cars started rolling in. Afterwards, the evening was spent reuniting with regulars and meeting newcomers.

Saturday morning, tasks were dispatched and I decided to take the base camp caretaker job for the day, along with Anne, a student from the large Cégep group. Michel Denis also gave us the two trailhead signposts which needed a fresh job of painting and lettering. We spent the day tending the fire, splitting wood, peeling corn, and painting the signs. After a good day's work, I spent some time sweating it out in the sauna at Camp Nomade, for which rocks were left cooking under a fire all day. Afterwards, a quick dip in ruisseau Provencher made us feel renewed.

The evening was spent around the fire and I went to bed at around 23:00. The night wasn't cold, which is rare at that time of the year. The next morning, I started getting ready for a day-hike and left around 09:00.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3599 ft / 1096 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3599 ft / 1096 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.8 mi / 20.6 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2910 ft / 886 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2172 ft / 662 m; Extra: 738 ft / 224m
    Loss on way in:738 ft / 224 m
    Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route:Jauffret trail and bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Camp Matsheshu  1378 ft / 420 m
    Time:3 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2861 ft / 872 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2172 ft / 662 m; Extra: 689 ft / 210m
    Gain on way out:689 ft / 210 m
    Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route:Bushwhack and Jauffret trail
    End Trailhead:Camp Matsheshu  1378 ft / 420 m
    Time:2 Hours 52 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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