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Routes in Lac Sylvère

Baltique WI4-5
Eesti WI3+
Estonie Left TR WI4
Latvija WI4+ R
Lettonie WI3+
Lietuva WI4+ PG13
Lituanie WI5+ PG13
Riga WI4
Tallin WI4+
Vilnious WI2+

Description

Lac Sylvère is a beautiful cliff located in St-Donat near a lake where it gets its name from. Due to the constant drainage of water on most of this cliff, there hasn't been any rock climbing routes developed there yet, except that this constant drainage results in a guaranteed source of ice climbs year after year.
The cliff faces south west and it is possible to climb there from mid December up to April.
On top of the cliff is found a Lithuanian Cross which explains the naming theme of most of the routes.

Routes Overview:


Left side of the cross from left to right.

Right side of the cross from left to right.
  • Estonie right

Getting There

From Montreal (around 125km):
Take Highway 440 East,
Merge onto Highway 25 North,
Turn left onto QC-125 North,
After Notre-Dame de la Merci, take a right on Chemin Saint-Guillaume,
Continue onto Chemin du Lac Croche,
take a right at Chemin du Lac Sylvère,
take a left at the stop, continue on the left side of the lake, passed the only house on the left, and park near the Sugar Shack driveway, on the left side of the road (north).

Approach:


The 3 routes on the left of the cross can be accessed via the snowshoe trail closest to the cliff.
-Hike the road towards the sugar shack and take the climber's trail on the left (white sign).
-Take a left on the second trail you cross (the first is the ski trail, KEEP OFF!)
-Hike along the trail until you see the orange flags on your right.
The scree and blocks at the base of the climbs are still loose and unstable, be careful.

All the routes on the right side of the cross are accessed via the trail along the sugar shack road.
-Hike the road towards the sugar shack and take the climber's trail on the left (white sign).
These new trails skirt around the left side of the sugar shack harvesting trees so as to insure that no one damages the tubes connecting the trees.
-Pass the ski and snowshoe trails on your left.
-There’s a fork in the trail directing you to the base of Baltique(left) or Estonie (right).


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Guidebooks

Guide des cascades de glace et voies mixtes
Stéphane Lapierre et Bernard Gagnon
Les éditions La Randonnée
528 pages
Guide updates

Guide d'Escalade de Lanaudière (Roche et Glace)
Jean Claude Néolet (2009)+updates
Available at La Cordée and Montain Equipment Coop

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