"We were on our own resources and we knew it. And that's what this business is all about."
October 14, 2008 5:52 PM Subscribe
posted by A dead Quaker (10 comments total)
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So you've finished hiking the Appalachian Trail
, just came down from Mount Katahdin
, and you're wondering what to do now. Well, there's always the International AT
, which goes through the Chic-Choc Mountains
on the Gaspé Peninsula
before crossing over to Newfoundland. Then you'd have hiked the tallest mountains in Quebec, right? Wrong. 800 miles to the north
, on the border of Quebec and Newfoundland, lie the Torngats
The name "Torngat" comes from the local Inuit for "spirits". The tallest of them, Mount Caubvick/Mont d'Iberville
, was first climbed in 1973 by a group of kayakers who paddled up the Labrador coast, trekked 40 miles inland looking for runnable streams, and finding none decided to climb some of the mountains. To protect (slightly) against the steepness of the climb, they belayed each other using towlines from the kayaks. Of their experience at the summit, one of the hikers, Christopher Goetze, had this to say:
"It was 5:00 P.M. when we got to the summit and the air was getting colder. We had nothing to eat and dinner was a long way off. Would bears have cleaned out our campsite while we were gone? ... Perhaps our boats were being destroyed this very minute by some arctic rodents. ... for the moment we put (these thoughts) out of our minds and leaned contentedly against the small cairn we had hastily built. To the east Bruce was a small red speck beyond the minarets. To the northeast we could see the ocean, covered with pack ice to the horizon. North of us were the calm shadowed waters of a large fiord 5,500 feet below us. To the west mountains became gentler, petering out to the ocean again beyond the horizon, while to the south we could follow the route we had walked through the interior rolling lowlands. It was a vast and beautiful land."
Other stories and some beautiful pictures
. Peakbagger.com has some more information about Mount Caubvick