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Ascent of Thérèse-de-Blainville High Point on 2017-08-08

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Thérèse-de-Blainville High Point
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:266 ft / 81 m

Ascent Trip Report


In early 2017 Gabriel Couet did a major study of the Quebec COHPs elevations and a result Greg Slayden revised the PB data base in July 2017 and a whole bunch of COHPs lost their status and new COHPs chosen - Therese-de-Blainville being one of them. The old HP "South Therese-de-Blainville High Point" was replaced by "Therese-de-Blainville High Point".
I visited both HPs (old and new) and for the sake of continuity and convenience I put both climbs in this TR.
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SOUTH THERESE-DE-BLAINVILLE HIGH POINT
According to PB this County has 5 candidate highpoint areas and in order to claim the County as "Successful" one has to visit all of the areas. I had to make 2 visits.


FIRST VISIT DATED 2010-10-27 ... I only went to Area 1 all as per following:
AREA 1 ...... A dirt road/bushwack hike nb ..... 3.4km, 1 1/4 hour RT.
From Blvd Laurier north of La Plaine I drove southwest on Rang du Trait Carre for 8.6km to a dirt road on the right (the road is 3.1km past Montee Morel). I went north on this dirt road for 1.7km to a long/cleared strip of land to the northwest with construction activity (200M wide X 1500M long field). I parked at the beginning of this field, this was my the TH.
I walk northwest on the left side of the open field to the second rows of trees at about 1.1km and 6 multi-colored Bee-Hives. This was the start of the bushwack (45.77192,-73.89347).
I bushwacked a 240 degrees magnetic compass line, following an orange-flag-tape-blazed route, to the high ground. A fairly open evergreen forest with numerous wet spots to deal with. Again another area with no definite highpoint, too flat/dense/impossible to identify the exact spot. It needs a better person than me. I chose a spot as my Highpoint, GPS reading of 45.76916, -73.89974 at about .6km from the Bee-Hives.


SECOND VISIT DATED 2011-09-11 ... on this second visit I went to the other 4 areas, all as noted below, thereby completing this County.

AREA 2 ...... A drive-up to the end of a road in a residential district.
From Rang du Trait Carre I drove north on Montee Morel for 2.7km to rue Roger on the left. I turned left on Roger to an immediate right on rue Robert which heads southwest (a residential district) to its end at 1km, to the left is rue Roxanne and straight ahead is house #6. This whole area is flat and with all the construction, difficult to identify natural ground, I chose a spot in the lawn area to the right of House #6 with a GPs reading of 45.78669, -73.87317.

AREA 3 ...... A drive-up to the main entrance of a golf course.
The Main Entrance to Golf de Champetre, #401 Montee Morel, is 2.9km north of Rang du Trait Carre (.2km north of rue Roger). Again this whole area is flat. I chose 2 possible spots as the highpoint:
..... to the right of the Entrance amid a clump of trees with a GPS reading of 45.79472, -73.86488.
..... across the road from the Entrance 20 feet inside the woods, my GPS read 45.79437, -73.86563.

AREA 4 ...... A dirt track and a short bushwack westbound from Chemin du Lac ...... 4km, 1h15 hours RT.
From Rang du Trait Carre (large red sign on corner "Camping Lac des Plaines") I went north on Chemin du Lac for 1.1km to the very start of the small satellite residential area of Lac des Plaines. A Multi Purpose Track crosses the Chemin at this point, just before the entrance to the signed "Camping Lac des Plaines" on the left and the Park La Fontaine on the right. This is the TH for this hike, the summit is to the west.
****NB: This same TH is recommended for Les Moulins CoHP, Areas 1 & 4). I walked generally east about .4km to the Transmission Power Lines right-of-way, went over a deep ditch on a small bridge as I got to the right-of-way. For Area 1 I went right to a Tower at .1km then east (see other TR), for Area 4 I followed the sand track left up the right-of-way to 75 meters past the 3rd Tower (1.5km).
I followed the sand track as it winds its way generally west inside the woods (south of the woods are huge corn fields). The track starts/stays south of the Campgrounds before it bends right/left and enters the woods at .4km, stays inside the woods the rest of the way (not far from the corn fields). Ignore the numerous side tracks, always stay on your line. After I passed through a very wet low area I came to a large sign on the right "Forest Privee", stayed on the left track, passed an old cottage. At about 1.75km from the TH is a second small clearing (just .15km past the first clearing), went another 40 meters and started my bushwack to the right.
Bushwacked north .2km to the HP meeting up with an unused track on the way, the woods are fairly open and the going is easy. The whole area is fairly flat, I tramped around some before deciding on my spot, a small bump beside the track, GPS read 45.80204, -73.83063.
I guess-estimate the one-way distance at 2km, I ascended in 45 minutes. I returned the same way in less than 30 minutes. Not a difficult hike, no ascent to speak-of.

AREA 5 ...... A short bushwack ...300 meters, 25 minutes RT.
From area 4 TH (above) I drove north 100 meters to a right on Tour du Lac, at 60 meters where road turns left we parked the car, this is the TH, the summit is to the east (left-of/behind house #66) at about 100 meters. To get there I walked right, around the house fenced-in lot to the back woods and to the highpoint area. I crossed a surprisingly deep dry ditch and tramped the flat but very rough surface, in somewhat dense deciduous woods. Very hard to find "the" Highpoint, I picked my spot at 45.80500, -73.80989. No ascent to speak of.
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THERESE-DE-BLAINVILLE HIGH POINT VISITED 2017-08-08 .... Xcountry/wack neb, 3.6km, 1:30 hours RT.
This new COHP as identified by Gabriel Couet has one only area, just east of AREA 1 above (one must read its text for the directions to the TH).

The (200 x 1500M) strip of land is now fertile farm land, cucumbers are this year's crop.
Rose stayed at the TH as I walked the sandy track on the left side of the farm field 1.1km north to start of the bushwack at the Bee-Hives (45.77192,-73.89347) above, the new summit is on a 30 degree compass line at about .7km.
A large group of Mexican workers were picking cucumbers in the field to the north (more on this later).

I walked east, along the north side of the tree line, 200M to the east side of the field then north 100+M where I entered the woods on the right for a 500+M bushwack to the HP.
On-route the woods are fairly open but not without dense patches of undergrowth and dead-fall. The summit area has a beautiful tall/open pine forest with an open floor - a north-south good track running through it greatly aided in the search for "the" HP.
I stomped a large area and found that numerous bumps are contenders. I chose my HP at 25M east of the track at 45.77592,-73.88906. I hung a Glass-Jar-Canister with a small register.

On the return (perhaps 100M southwest of the HP) I came across a steel rod post signed "Waste Management" (the city dump to the north). Perhaps the city dump boundary post????/, this information (would later) really surprise the land owner.

On the way back to my TH "Hubert", the land owner (50+ years old), was driving north on the sandy track in a small car to check on his workers. Had a nice long chat, the real nice guy had no problem with me being on land. Gave me heck for leaving Rose in the hot car, "You could have found some shade".
He bought this property 4-5 years ago to expand his farm holdings. His great grandfather first farmed here 200 years ago and the family owns the land to the south.
He was very surprised with the COHP, not sure if his land goes out there. He couldn't understand the "Waste Management" steel post location, "The city dump is to the north of here."
He asked-for/I-gave-him a PB data sheet of the COHP. Said that 2 fellows were here a few weeks ago for the same thing, "They drove their car all the way up there." pointing to the Bee-Hive location.
His farm workers are all Mexicans (this year he has 2 dozen workers), "Young Quebecers today don't want to work on the farms any more."
The federal government flies-in these workers for farmers across Canada on a yearly basis. The farmers provide lodging/food beside the salary. The government pays half of the flight cost, the farmer deducts the other half plus other items from the pay check. If there is a health/problem issue with a worker they call the Mexican consulate.




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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:16 ft / 4 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.6 km
    Route:farm track and wack
    Trailhead:farm track  250 ft / 76 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack



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