Mont Orford – Mont Chauve

An easy one for today, and it was raining everywhere but Mont- Orford
So I did the only summit I missed at Mont Orford I did not do yet, Mont Chauve.
Easy if you take the loop CCW, but intermediate if you do the full loop CW.

Had a problem with my GPS (new software…was not finding satellites), so it’s missing a good part of the beginning.

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Mont Royal – Lested 20 pounds

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Giant Mountain, NY, 4626ft, 1410m

Giant Mountain is the twelfth highest peak in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Park, in New York, USA. The peak is also known as “Giant of the Valley,” due to its stature looking over Keene Valley and St. Huberts to the west. The prominent rock slides on the mountain’s steep western face and its location away from most other large peaks make it quite an imposing figure, leading to its name.

This one was tough, mostly because I loaded my pack around 20 pounds before leaving, and because the weather was really hot. Amazing view at the top is a nice reward. Trip recommended, with good shoes, this is mostly rocks all the way long.

The live tracking on https://5895.ca did work amazingly well 😀

Here is a 360 view of the summit:

And the traditional Everytrail view, with pictures.

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Mount Mansfield, the highest peak of Vermont

Mount Mansfield is the highest mountain in Vermont, United States. The mountain, its highest point peaks at 4,395 feet (1,340 m) above sea level.

When viewed from the east or west, this mountain has the appearance of a (quite elongated) human profile, with distinct forehead, nose, lips, chin, and Adam’s apple. These features are most distinct when viewed from the east; unlike most human faces, the chin is the highest point.

Today the weather was really bad (rain, in the 50s (10 to 15 celcius), low visibility and strong wind !

Despite all this, my trial of displaying live on this website my progress using my new Spot GPS (findmespot.com) worked amazingly well. I hope this can work from the Kili too, but I’m not sure, as it sounds on the edge of the covering map. We’ll try. In the meantime this is a great addition of security for a single hicker like me.

So I went using the long trail. Except some scrambling at the end and the fact that it’s fairly steep (cardio), it was easier than what I was expecting. Going up was fun, and really nice, despite the lack of view. The trail is interesting by itself, nature is Alpine at the top, a little bit of Scrambling, interesting !

Going down was a nightmare. Haselton Trail starts on a road (not exciting), then on a ski trail (very steep, not exciting), and then is following a stream (nicer) but was so dangerous that I fall 3 times on the ground (not good).

So the recommendation is to follow my track up to the end of the ridge (worse it, not easy but not that difficult too), and then find another path to go down (Gondola ? :D)

Here are 2 videos, one from the top, and one showing the rain…going up !

And to conclude the report, the Everytrail traditional view.

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Got my Visa

Got my visa today for the next trip 😀

I’m currently training 6 days a week, followed by a private trainer. I’ll be in good shape by October, yeah !

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Now, I know…

You know Dr House? I met him! Hummm not exactly, same job, less cynicism 😛

Since April I’m waiting to meet this expert, so we identify together the root cause of my failure on the Kilimanjaro in February. This is essential to me because I’m going back there in October and really wanted to understand what happened.

I studied a lot, especially 2 books:
– 1 in French : Le mal des montagnes
– 1 in English: Wilderness Medicine, 5th Edition (Warning: expensive)

I’ve learned a lot, but was unable to make a fit between what I felt at that time, and what I was reading in the books. So I called Dr House lol

And the verdict is a neurocardiogenic syncope, or commonly known as vasovagal syncope, most probably initiated by the stress himself initiated by the strong diarrhea I suddenly started at the camp.

The doc has been able to explain everything that I felt at that time, taking the time to explain each step I’ve been through, with a scientific explanation, including vomiting, and other small funs I had…

Theoretically I could have staid at the high camp, spend the night there, and feel a lot better the next day and summit without problem.

This said I recognize that nobody in the team was a “Dr House” so the safe thing to do was to go down, which we did.

In conclusion, the doc told me to have a good trip back on the mountain, nothing to worry about, and to send him a postcard after summiting 😀

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Orford Summit

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Haba na haba hujaza kibaba

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Second attempt

So here we are, the second attempt is now officially planned. I’ll go back with Team Kilimanjaro which seems to be the easiest company to do a custom trip with.

I’ll do a TK Rongai route, which is very different than the route of the first attempt, and I should not walk at anytime where I walked the first time.

You can see the date planned here : http://www.teamkilimanjaro.com/dates.html on October 23, group is BRMI. I plan to do it alone, or with a maximum of 3 partners. I want to keep this team as light as possible, and very flexible.

I also want the flexibility to spend an extra night on the mountain at any time, if I feel I need a rest to better acclimatization.

Interested in joining me? Drop me an email !

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Sentier du Ruisseau-des-Chênes – Mont Orford

Strong rain all day, so went to the Sentier du Ruisseau-des-Chênes at Mont Orford. Was harder than expected, I guess because of the rain. If you go there under these conditions, excellent boots are required !

Was really impressed by the river, which had a lots of waterfall, right from the start. As it has been raining since 2 days, they were really strong. Turned back before reaching the top road because of darkness but was really close.
Interesting note, I did not met anyone neither going up, neither going down !!!

All in one a good training.

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