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Ascent of Montagne Brûlé on 2009-03-21

Climber: Gabriel C

Others in Party:Julien Landry
Date:Saturday, March 21, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Montagne Brûlé
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:3576 ft / 1089 m

Ascent Trip Report

At this point, the fastest way up to the summit was to link back with the main road me and Vincent had used the week before. I knew we were very close to it and by heading directly west we would hit it in no time. So we put on our snowshoes and bushwhacked our way across rivière Brûlé to a small cottage from where we took the driveway up to the road. We then proceeded north along the same way as my earlier trip. At this point I was starting to doubt of our ability to get to any summit as Julien was lagging a bit behind and unable to maintain my 6km/h hiking pace. I slowed down a bit all the while I tried to push him by going my pace and waiting for him regularly. We got to the river crossing point at around 10:00am. We were still 2.5 hours ahead of the previous hike up and I doubted we'd even make it to Brûlé before the cutoff time, but I decided we could leave our packs behind and hike up with only the essential: water, snacks, camera, ice axe, and snowshoes/poles. We rigged some makeshift sling harnesses with straps and accessory rope and started up. We followed the easiest way up to the first false summit, then crossed the ridge the now classic way. Ascending was different from the first time as snow cover was totally different. There was a lot more exposed rock slabs, and at three distinct spots, there were helicopter skids marks (they looked very fresh too, probably the day before). The area seems to receive a lot of military exercises. The week before Vincent and me saw a huge hercules C-130 cargo plane fly past not more than 50 meters above ground inside rivière Brûlé's deep gorge and now we were seeing traces of mountain landing training on narrow 10m wide ridges. We made it to the summit at 12:30pm. We had gained a half-hour on the first trip so we had a good time buffer to get back to the car in case Julien bonked out. We took some pics, Julien called people on his phone that picked up signal, and we quickly started back down.

We joined back with our packs and the road at 2:15pm. From there, we only had about 9km left to walk on a road so it was only a boring slog. I walked at my pace, maintaining 5km/h, but every kilometer, I would wait for Julien. He wasn't bonking and we did go pretty quickly, and at 4:30pm, we were back at the car. It was a neat little hike with a night out in the wild, but it was a bit disappointing to miss Raoul-Blanchard's summit on what was probably the last real snowy weekend of the winter.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2050 ft / 624 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2273 ft / 691 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.2 mi / 21.2 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2050 ft / 624 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1919 ft / 584 m; Extra: 131 ft / 39m
    Loss on way in:131 ft / 39 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.3 km
    Route:main ridge from southwest
    Start Trailhead:unnamed place  1657 ft / 505 m
    Time:4 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2142 ft / 652 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:main ridge southwest
    End Trailhead:Abitibi-Price gate  1434 ft / 437 m
    Time:4 Hours 0 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Brûlé/Raoul-Blanchard (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1unnamed place2009-03-20272 ft / 83 m
2(Attempt) Mont Raoul-Blanchard2009-03-210 ft / 0 m
3Montagne Brûlé2009-03-212050 ft / 625 m
Total Trip Gain: 2322 ft / 708 m    Total Trip Loss: 2273 ft / 693 m



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