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18 The Alpine Club of Canada Gazette Winter 2018 The Torngat Tale By Deb Clouthier A fter ten months of planning, the day had finally arrived. I hoisted my 50‑pound pack onto the airport buggy and headed for the First Air counter—Torngat Mountains here we come! This remote range is located in Kuujurjuaq National Park, in Nunavik, Quebec. The park was created in 2009 and covers more than 4,400 km. Our small team of three Ottawa Section ACC members, Mike Bowler, Paul Denys, and Deb Clouthier was set. We hoped all our training would pay off and we knew spending the next ten days in remote northern Quebec and Labrador would be the true test. Starting from Ottawa, we journeyed to Montreal, then Kuujjuaq, Quebec to Kangiqsualujjuaq (George River), and finally landed on a gravel airstrip at the Koroc River. After three days of travel we were standing at the edge of the Koroc River, assessing our way across. We were at latitude 58.46/63.34. Nearly six hours and 13 km later, we hiked into the remote base camp for the park—a large area for tents circled with an electric bear fence powered by a solar panel. Nearby were four white igloo‑type hard shell structures—accommodations for guides and their guests. We were also surprised to see two helicopters on the ground. We hadn't even dropped our packs when a young chopper pilot named Philip greeted us with big smiles and an offer of fresh Arctic char for dinner. This base camp is mostly used by guided groups, with only one or two self‑guided teams such as ours each season. Our tents went One of our campsites in the Gorge of the 1,000 Waterfalls. Photo: Paul Denys | L'un de nos campements dans la « gorge des 1 000 chutes d'eau ». Photo Paul Denys

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