Hey my family and friends hope you are well. Started Long Range 3pm
Saturday and finished 6pm Monday. AWSOME hike but I have never worked so
hard with a map and compass and am thankful Ken Hetherington was so
outstanding with map and compass.
Animal trails everywhere, going
everywhere. saw 6 Bull Moose, 2 cows and 1 calf, in excess of 30 caribou
and some were very very close, One bull Moose was no more than 30 feet
away standing in the brush beside us and made a sound to let us know he
was there,probably never saw a human before (no kidding). Mountain on
top of mountains, bog, tundra, temerack, wind rain ,snow, heat...we had
As beautiful as Chic Chocs and even more dramatic and wild and
it goes forever. Wore rubber boats with felt liners and normal hiking
boots would rot of your feet, some bog was up to your hips. Camping
spots available with platforms but were not located where we spent the
nights but were nice with bear boxes and toilet (plastic stand in the
trees, like siting on a throne in the middle of the forest). Very tough
going much of the time but the compass work was and is the essential
skill to do this hike.
The map we had was one to fifty thousand and next
time we will try and get a one to twenty five thousand....the lakes
mountains and valleys all start to look alike there are soooooo many.
BOTTOME LINE- COMPASS AND MAP, NO MARKED TRAIL FOR 45KLMS, BELIEVE IN
YOURCOMPASS, TAKE THE 4 DAYS AND ENJOY. This was the most exciting
adventure I have ever undertaken. I have been lucky enough to find Ken
in Pictou County and look forward to introducing he and his wife Mary to
other Gonzos..and then there were six: Olive and Pop, Gordon and Carol,
Ken and Mary. NORTHERN GONZOS..miss seeing the gang...
Angela and Erika