Ascent to Mont Camille-Pouliot - Sommet Ouest-West Ridge on 2009-06-28

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Sunday, June 28, 2009
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mont Camille-Pouliot - Sommet Ouest - West Ridge
    Elevation:2900 ft / 883 m
    Remaining Elevation:614 ft / 188 m (67% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

easy muddy short hike and a short dense bushwack.

I wanted to take advantage of a business trip to Chicoutimi by bagging a few peaks on route. On the way up route #175 from Quebec City I drove/scouted Mont Belle Fontaine, in Foret Montmorency, Universite Laval ....... east of Route #175, 20 km north of the Reserve Faunique de la Laurentide's south border. It is a dense bushwack for another day.
Route #175, between Quebec City and Chicoutimi, is in the process of being doubled to four lanes (work to finish in 2013), there was huge work in the area of the road that I was looking for ....... I had some trouble finding the road to the summit, according to my information it started on west side of #175 just North of L'etape ....... and as it turned out it was the wrong road.
After driving up and down the highway a few times I settled on a road 2.7 km north of the restaurant in L'etape and west of #175 ...... I had to drive thru the construction area to get to it, in fact the first part of the road was used for construction. I parked on the side of the road....luckily this was a Sunday and no one was around.

I hiked up the road in a off/on drizzle and in a short distance it got wet and muddy, I was heading generally southwest. As I approached a N-S power line I noticed that the road rounded left and followed the power line all the way up to a ridge not too far away. I should not be following the power line and I knew that this was not the way to the summit ...... I got full confirmation as I got a bit higher ...... in the distance to the right (looking west) I could see the summit with its communication towers (a few miles away) and a second N-S power line this side of the summit. According to my information I should be way-west of that power line. I was a bit ticked by this error.

I decided to continue with my climb on the wet and muddy, in some places slippery, road to the ridge and try for a bushwack. Try I did ...after about a quarter of a mile of bushwacking (295 degree reading) I wasn't making much headway ...... too wet and too dense I turned around. It took a while to clean my wet boots of the mud. I was out for about 2 1/2 hours.

Just after leaving on Route #175 North to check out Mont L A Richard I noticed a second construction road headed towards Mont Camille Pouliot (at 3.5 km north of the restaurant at L'etape) ........ I checked it out ........ it's a good drivable road, this must be the road used to maintain the summits communication towers. I promised myself to do this hike on the way back.
I was able to identify and understand my error .........there are 2 parrallel N-S power lines coming south from Chicoutimi besides route #175 and they Y off (east & west) at this second road. This second road starts on the east side of the power lines (west side of route #175), passes under both of them to the east side of the east power line (which is west of the summit), then continues to the summit. This understanding of the route will be confirmed when I climb this peak on the way back.

Checked out Mont L A Richard ........ I parked on the side of #175, at the road to Lac Davenport, north on Mont L A Richard (located south of the junction of rtes #175/#169). I walked the Davenport/rte #175 roads, looking for the best way to the summit ....... the goggle map shows a trail from the north ...... no luck, this will be one good bushwack, but not today.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:300 ft / 91 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:road W side rte #175, 2.7 km N of l'etape
    Trailhead:S of chicoutimi, rte 175, 2.7 km N of L'etape at l  2600 ft / 792 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Overcast

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