Mont Orford – Pic de l’Ours summit

I finally summited, but without the kids !
For training reasons I packed my bag with a lots of stuff, and started early this morning.

Took me 2 hours and seven minutes to the summit, for a total of 4 hours, 16 minutes, including the break at the top.

Really worse it for the view and for the training !
My legs & feet have found this trip quite tough, probably because trail is classified “difficult”, which is quite rare in the SEPAQ parks, and surely because of the load I had in the backpack.

I did took a 360 of the top, and as usual the trail informations are included below

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Mont Orford – Pic de l’ours trail

So we’ve been with the kids to the Mont Orford, to do the “Pic de l’ours” trail. It is classified “hard” by the SEPAQ.

And it was…a lot harder than the Mont Saint Hilaire trails, too much for the kids actually. So we dediced not to do the entire trail but turned back at the first summit, which was still a great accomplishment.

Trail is really nice, well maintained, and interesting. I recommend it…without the kids lol. Nathalie and I were impressed how familiar it looks to us. In fact it reminded us the first day on the Lemosho route of the Kilimanjaro. Roots, rocks and mud, very similar expect the color of the ground.

9.4km, 4h 36minutes  walking, not bad.

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Mont Saint-Hilaire – Rocky

Had fun today with my son, Lucas, 8 1/2 years old. An 8.8 km trail, not very high (1300 ft), but we both really enjoyed the trip 😀

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Good to go

The test was clear, I have no problem, and I’m in the top 10% of the population in terms of VO2Max.

So I’m good to go back. The personal trainer gave me some good advice in terms of diets and training. I’ve totally remodeled my training program to work by interval, running from 7km/h to 16km/h 10 times in a row, twice a week, with a long run on Sunday.

Otherwise I’m currently evaluating 2 companies to bring me back on the mountain, and will make my decision very soon.
New target : Dec 24 2010 (!) or Feb 11 2011.

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VO2 Max test next week

VO2 max (also maximal oxygen consumption, maximal oxygen uptake or aerobic capacity) is the maximum capacity of an individual’s body to transport and utilize oxygen during incremental exercise, which reflects the physical fitness of the individual.

Next week I’ll have my VO2 max scientifically calculated. This will help me better know where I am exactly physically, and adjust my training so I can improve this important success factor.

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Making my mind

Still working in defining what route I’ll take.

I’ve eliminated most of the options and 2 are still remaining:

– TK Rongai (Team kilimanjaro Rongai)
Pofu route

Pofu route needs a lot more training and stuff (crampons, ice axe, …), but it’s fairly easy to get this type of training during the winter in Quebec.

TK Rongai sounds a lot more easy which is surely more reasonable knowing that I failed the first time, but the Pofu route seems barely use which creates some kind of natural attraction to my mind.

Interested to join me in one of these 2 routes ?

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Pain de sucre

So yesterday we’ve done a small walk in one of the closest mountain (if you consider this big enough to be call a mountain), at Mt St Hilaire.

Here is a video from the summit (420 meters):

And the route:

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Here it is, in exclusivity on, our GPS tracking file. It’s an extremly precise .GPX file.

To open it I recommend installing Google Earth and then opening this file. It shows you with an incredible precision the exact track we’ve been following, from the first gate until the end.

Enjoy and do not forget to leave a comment if you’ve tried this ! 😀

Don’t forget to check all our photos at

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I’ll be back

My decision is now done, I’ll be back on the mountain and will get to the top.

I’ve re-started my physical training, have an appointment with my MD for a full checkup, and I’m reviewing the routes to build a custom route that will bring me to unknown places with a reasonable altitude gain each day.

If you’re reading this text, have already failed climbing the kilimanjaro, and did a come back or thinking seriously about doing a come back, please contact me. I’d love to hear about you and get to know more of your experience.

You can view all our photos at :

This was our camp at Moir Hut

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Photos are online :)

Photos of all days are now online., including the western breach and the summit…

I hope to be able to add some videos soon, and pictures from our climbing partners…

Feel free to add comments!

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