26-Mar-2003 -- Humble Patience Part Deux
While preparing for a backcountry ski trip in Quebec, we discovered an unvisited confluence in the general area we'd be exploring, so we had to give it a shot. Quebec had foiled us on a trans-Canadian road trip last summer (see 46N 77W), so Liam and Natcho were anxious for another chance, and new-comer Johnny was hopeless to protest.
The confluence sits high on a ridge in Parc de la Gaspesie, deep in the heart of the beautiful Chic-Choc mountains. With our typical late start we parked on Rt. 299, which bisects the park from north to south, and skied 12k or so to a hut at Mines Madeleine. Some Canadian skiers were coming and going and were nice enough to share their soup.
Success seemed imminent at this point- only .5k with a skidoo trail bringing us really close. We traversed a steep cliff, wary of waning light and avalanche danger, arriving at a point only 120M(!) from the confluence, but unable to safely get closer.
Alas, a welcome excuse to return to Quebec sometime. This confluence should be easy with snowshoes, or in the summer, when Rt. 14 is open to traffic and the confluence is just a short scramble from a major trail. Bon Chance!