Ascent of Le Moulin on 2017-07-09
|Date:||Sunday, July 9, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||374 ft / 113 m|
Ascent Trip ReportSark: Ground at W base of old (1571) windmill seems to be natural HP. With Doug and Jon after Gouliot, visited former Telegraph (used for White's 1810 triangulation but gone by 1856 and now a modern house just SW of cross rds), down to Little Sark for a view of L'Etac de Serk (65m on marine chart) well seen from path SE of Duval, then ice cream and Sark-brewed beer in village before 5pm boat back, right amount of time for exploring island plus the two tidals using easily-hired bikes
La Grune (tidal island to NW): With Doug and Jon, 1000 ferry from Guernsey, hired bikes (not pre arranged), tracks and path most of way then concrete steps to R of col, easy crossing 2h30 before low spring tide, steepish slightly scrambly ascent to large scruffy cairn, then with Jon to next tidal island which has navigation beacon, col similar height. Then to Gouliot
Gouliot (tidal island to W): After La Grune, biked to Pilcher Monument for suberb view of Gouliot and Brecqhou, obviously no way over without boat, biked to Gouliot headland, path down then easy steep grassy scrambly descent to top of 10m cliff at S end of channel, fixed half-rope round rock spike and used to augment handholds on downclimb, good footholds, then easy scramble to N end of channel for easy 2ft wade (me) or tricky boulder hop (Jon) then straightforward steep ascent R of cliff with deep well-rooted grass useful in places, a few young herring gulls, summit a nice arete with great view across to the nearby but Forbidden Brecqhou, across a tide race still running fast at low water. Back same way OK with rope useful on reascent, about Diff. Channel ok at low spring tide but not much leeway, likely not doable on neap. No access along coast from N side of headland due to deep water.
Sark and La Grune photos
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