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Hautes-gorges de la rivière Malbaie

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Hautes-gorges de la rivière Malbaie  

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A remote valley north of Quebec City. In this valley on the cliff of Mont De L'Equerre is the very Famous 1000 foot ice climb named La Pomme D'Or, and the 1500 foot rock climb Redcoats Resurrection. There are many other large crags in this valley first explored around the early 1970's.

You now need a permit to climb la Pomme d'Or, so plan ahead!
Camping in the park is limited to a maximum of eight (8) nights and campsites need to be moved every three (3) days.
As of 2014 camping fees are at $10 a night on top of a $7.50 daily access fee...

Every winter, skilled climbers take on the Pomme d’Or, a spectacular and perilous rock face along Rivière Malbaie. For permission to climb this ice wall in the park, you’ll need an access permit.
Climbers must be in excellent physical condition and totally independent, since the ice wall is about 30 km from the closest telephone and off the park’s network of roads and trails. Under good weather conditions, it takes a full day of snowshoeing or off-trail skiing to reach the site.

If you are independent, climbing the Pomme d’Or requires a minimum stay of 3 days in the park.

  • Day 1: 30 km of snowshoeing or off-trail skiing to get to the foot of the cliff;
  • Day 2: climb the ice wall and return to base camp;
  • Day 3: 30 km of snowshoeing or off-trail skiing to return to your car.

We strongly recommend bringing a satellite telephone or a SPOT-type emergency message device. There is no emergency telephone on the site in the winter and the cell phone network does not serve the park’s territory.

Getting There 

The nearest town is Saint-Aime-des-Lacs, a village 15 km west of La Malbaie.
you can take the 138 west from La Malbaie then take Rue Principale in Saint-Aime-des-Lacs.
Continue on Rue Principale up to the first gate near Relais des Hautes-Gorges.
If the first gate is open you can keep driving to the second gate 18 km further.
From there on, you better have brought your skis and a sled!

Climbing Season

Weather station 13.1 miles from here

4 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Hautes-gorges de la rivière Malbaie:
Momentum   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 600'   Acropole des Draveurs
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La Pomme d'or WI5-  North America : Canada : ... : Mont de l'Equerre
I do not know how this climb has managed to stay off of MP for so long. I was shocked to not find it here. La Pomme D'or is THE classic long ice route in La Malbaie, Quebec. Many hardmen have cut their teeth on this beautiful climb. From multi day adventures to day long solos, this climb gets traffic and deserving so. This climb is a classic in every sense of the word. The route can range from 4+ to 5+ depending on your line of attack. The opening pitches are in the easy 4 range until abo...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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