Ascent of Mont du lac la Flippe on 2018-02-17
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, February 17, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Mont du lac la Flippe|
| Elevation:||2733 ft / 833 m|
Ascent Trip ReportOn Friday night, I prepared a plan to climb mont du lac Joyal the next day. I went to bed around 23:30 but when I woke up around 06:30, I didn’t feel that good and went back to sleep. I woke up around 08:30 and quickly built replacement hikes. There were three summits in Charlevoix I had wanted to grab for a while and it shouldn’t be too difficult to do all of them in one day.
After studying the maps and loading all my data in the GPS, I took off on HWY 138 heading east. My first stop would be at the junction of chemin du Massif and HWY 138. When I got there, I was able to park in a wide plowed area just by the highway. Grabbing my pack, I crossed the road and spotted a weakness in the moose-proof fence where a snow mound rose high. I hopped on the snow bank, put my snowshoes on, and headed over there.
Immediately, as I crossed the ditch, I saw how bad the snow conditions were. There was a thin crust that did not hold my weight at all, but underneath was a secondary layer that didn’t break through or compact until I put my full weight on it. I made it to the fence and easily hopped over, trying to find a path in the trees. There was what looked like an old regrown trail and I followed it as I fought with the annoying snow.
I went through a few open areas where the crust seemed to hold better and my speed picked up a bit in those places. After crossing a denser forest patch, I reached what I knew was logging grounds. I crossed logging ruts, making my way through cuts in the treelines, finding one that seemed to head a bit more towards the summit. I then skirted the edge of untouched forest, climbing on a snow bank and onto the wide summit plateau. I made my way to the highest spot and marked it in the GPS.
From there I backtracked, still hindered by the bad snow. Where I hadn’t broken through on the way in, I’d almost always break through this time. It went a bit faster though and it wasn’t too long until I was back at the road. After dumping all my gear in the car, I headed off towards my second goal, mont Gabrielle-Roy.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||472 ft / 142 m|
| Extra Gain:||26 ft / 7 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||1.5 mi / 2.4 km|
| Route:||Logging trails, bushwhack|
| Trailhead:||Junction of HWY 138 and chemin du Massif 2313 ft / 705 m|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles, Snowshoes|
| Weather:||Cold, Breezy, Partly Cloudy|
| Time:||36 Minutes|
| Time:||21 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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