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Ascent of Mont du Lac des Cygnes on 2017-03-11

Climber: Jan Triska

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, March 11, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont du Lac des Cygnes
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:3182 ft / 969 m

Ascent Trip Report

Second time up this very scenic little peak, in beautiful Grands Jardins park.
This time, though, it was a hike in -24 C, plus additional windchill, and it turned out to be a challenging time to be doing anything outdoors...especially up on the exposed summit plateau.
besides hiking up the Mont du Lac des Cygnes, I tried a small neighbouring mountain as well, but turned around due to extreme cold and variable snow/ice conditions.

The entire circuit, with my side hike, took about 3.5 hours. My eyelashes almost froze together and it proved difficult to manipulate anything with bare hands. A good training day!
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Views from the summit plateau on an extremely cold early March day (2017-03-11). Photo by Jan Triska.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1854 ft / 564 m
    Total Elevation Loss:328 ft / 99 m
    Grade/Class:hike
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Snowshoes
    Weather:very cold
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1526 ft / 465 m
    Start Trailhead:Interpretive centre  1656 ft / 504 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:328 ft / 99 m
    Gain on way out:328 ft / 99 m



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