21-Sep-2003 -- Planning revealed the 50N-67W confluence to be only 0.75 kilometers from a dirt road. So close, I wondered why no one had done this one before. Beautiful day Sept 21; so armed with a new Meridian GPS, my wife Sandy and I drove from Sept Iles to west of Port Cartier and navigated on dirt roads to adjacent the confluence point.
On foot, we encountered very thick bush all the way in. Several hills and steep cliffs required us to find detours to a passable route. Now I knew why this confluence was not done before ... it is impossible for snowmobiles and ATVs to get to! There was lots of swearing while trudging thru the bush but at least the bugs weren't too bad. Took us three hours (with many breaks) to go the 0.75 km.
At the confluence point shot the photos; (trees, trees, trees and more trees.) The confluence is in a small clearing on a slope, surrounded by dense northern-Canada bush; mostly black spruce and balsalm.
We rested at the confluence for a long while; reflecting on the impending trek back to the road.
On the return trip the bush seemed even thicker and the hills even steeper (and the swearing more profuse)but the trip back only took one and a half hours. We hit the road less than 10 feet from the car; dirty, sweaty; exhausted but feeling a great sense of accomplishment.
Rick and Sandy Geren