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Ascent of Mont du lac Walker on 2017-08-25

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, August 25, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont du lac Walker
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:1542 ft / 470 m

Ascent Trip Report

Earlier this year 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 - Argenteuil being one of them. The old COHP "Pic 1500" (per its TR) was replaced by "Mont du Lac Walker" all as per this TR. I had to make 2 visits to complete.
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VISIT 1 DATED 2017-08-13 .... scouting trip.
This first visit turned out be a scouting trip and is entered here for the benefit of my fellow COHPers. My plan was a western approach from the small Hamlet of Boileau.

The recommended Driving Directions.
From Montreal we found our way to Hawkesbury, ON. and the bridge over the Ottawa River. At the ON/QC line we zeroed our odo.
00.0km ... ON/QC Line, the bridge over the Ottawa, went north on #344.
04.3km ... left (west) on Hwy #50.
09.8km ... exit 233, right turn on Chemin Kilmar/Harrington/Maskinonge northbound takes one to Boileau. We took these roads to Boileau on the way up and found them to be very rough with broken pavement, gravel stretches and no scenery to speak-of. This route is not recommended, even though it is 28km shorter. Stay west on #50, easier driving and very scenic.
32.7km ... exit 210, turned right (north) on Hwy #323.
62.3km ... 4 way-JCT turned right (east) on Chemin Boileau
75.2km ... T-JCT in Boileau. Turned right and made an immediate left (at 40 meters) on Chemin Champagneur, eastbound.
79.4km ... pass Chemin de Pionniers on the left, 7 garbage bins indicating 7 residences.
80.2km ... fork (45.89925,-74.71452) with both branches gated. This was my TH. Right is a lesser grass road, left is the continuation of Champagneur, signed #1456 "Defense de Passer", and the route to the summit (at abt 6km to the east).

This gate was a surprise as I expected to drive much further east. From this TH it would be a 5.3km road/.8km bushwack to the summit, taking much longer than planned. Both Rose and I didn't like this scenario - not a problem for me as I would be doing my thing, but for Rose, who has seen this picture numerous of times, it was another matter and very unfair. We knew that it was best to leave it for another visit, perhaps I'll come back alone.

Hopefully the people up the "Defense de Passer" road won't have a problem with COHPers. My guess is that they are not aware of the COHP.

We greatly enjoyed the scenic drive along the shores of the Ottawa. Stopped in Hawkesbury for an early lunch at "Dunn's" for a delicious smoke meat sandwich (a very nice downtown area on the river with numerous people out enjoying the glorious day) before going to the Voyageur Provincial Park.

"YEAH, SHE'S GOOD HEARTED WOMAN IN LOVE WITH A GOOD HIKIN' MAN
SHE LOVES HIM IN SPITE OF HIS WANDERIN' WAYS SHE DON'T UNDERSTAND
WITH TEARS DROPS AND LAUGHTER THEY PASS THROUGH THIS WORLD HAND IN HAND
SHE'S A GOOD HEARTED WOMAN LOVIN' A GOOD HIKIN' MAN." ................. personalized lyrics from good hearted woman by waylon jennings.
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VISIT 2 DATED 2017-08-25 ... road with a wack ... 12.2km, 1300' gain, 4:05 hours RT including all note taking and a 40 minute summit break.
I came back alone, parked at the above TH. The distances I provide are guess estimates, also the "Bing Maps" nicely shows the logging road referred-to in this write up.

I walked east on #1456 (passed under a 2nd gate) for 1.4km to a "1st fork (45.89797,.74.69838)", left leads to a private house, I continued right on the logging road as it heads generally southeast (winding/undulating in different directions for short distances, I always stayed on the main logging road).
In another 3.5km I came to a "2nd fork (45.88289,-74.67643)" where I stayed left for .4km to a dead-end at a large clearing (45.88413,-74.67200). This was the start of my bushwack.

I bushwacked a 35 degree compass line .8km directly to the rocky summit area where the HP was easy to locate. Open deciduous woods with little undergrowth, some rock and cuttings made for poor footing in places, moderate going, steep for the last 200 meters (huffing and puffing with granny breaks for this old guy).
The HP is at an open peaked rock (45.88913,-74.66866) with a steel rod stake and a BM embedded in the rock "TERRES ET FORETS POINT GEODESIQUE #79K0205".
Partial nice views over the trees. An interesting destination (I liked it), in fact the only recommended peak of this week.
I descended the bushwack (.8km) in 25 minutes, then the road back to the TH (5.3km) in 60 minutes.

NB: I should note that I did not see anyone on this trip, however the logging road had numerous hunting signs and hunters perches, so to do this hike during the hunting season is probably not a good idea.

"SUCCESS IS THE SUM OF SMALL EFFORTS ....... REPEATED DAY IN AND DAY OUT."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1342 ft / 408 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1342 ft / 408 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.8 mi / 12.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1142 ft / 348 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 892 ft / 272 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Loss on way in:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route:road/wack eb from chemin champagneur
    Start Trailhead:chemin champagneur  650 ft / 198 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1092 ft / 332 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 892 ft / 272 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route:road/wack eb from chemin champagneur
    End Trailhead:chemin champagneur  650 ft / 198 m



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