- 3 or more persons.
There are still a few wild and remote places where visitation is so low and the forests so vast that traditional camping may be justified. The Uapashke ('white mountains') or Monts Groulx, rise above tree line to 1,100 m (3,600 feet), 1,200-km (750 miles) north-east of Montreal at the 52° parallel. On the mountains there are only rock formations, lakes and ponds to assist us in navigation. There are many ups and downs on both rugged and flat terrain. We will hike over bogs and dry heath land. There will still be some snow in protected valleys. Conditions permitting, we will climb the highest mountains, Jauffret and Veyrier.
We will spend the first night in a bed and breakfast in Baie Comeau (included) and two nights in Michel Denis' log cabin, Matsheshu. We will also spend four nights in tents at our exploration base camp in a sheltered location out of the wind among the scattered trees in the high country. We will have to carry our own personal gear and tents to and from this base camp. The weather should be warm during the day and cool at night - always dropping below freezing. This is Québec's undisturbed north at its best. We will be totally on our own. Michel and Bill, your guides, will make you feel a part of it instead of just observers.
What makes the area so attractive is that it is so undisturbed. The sky is so blue and the air so clear that you can see details in the mountains many kilometres away. White and black spruces are the only trees in the high country. Some of the white spruces grow to heights of over 25 m (80 feet) and diameters of 60 cm (24 inches). The Uapashke is so similar to areas of the Rocky Mountains that you could easily believe that are in British Columbia or Wyoming. We will drive by two major hydroelectric dams on the Manicouagan River as we drive north to our log cabin in the Uapashke. One of them, Manic 5, is the largest multiple arch concrete buttressed dam in the world at over 150 m (500 feet) in height. 40% of all the hydroelectricity produced in Québec comes from the region of Manicouagan. The trip involves 3 days of day hiking with only a day pack and 3 days of backpacking with all our gear carried.
- Some backpacking experience necessary.
From Baie Comeau, Qc.
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