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Old 04-08-2013, 04:09 PM   #391
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I have a GPS track and a bunch of waypoints if you want them.
Anthony, that would be great, i'll PM you my email.

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Old 04-15-2013, 02:33 PM   #392
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Day 4: Trout Creek to Carcajou River

Day 4: Trout Creek to Carcajou River
Distance: 36.0km

Fuel required:
@25km/L ---> 1.44L
@20km/L ---> 1.80L

River Crossings: Trout Creek, Bolstead Creek

# of Airstrips: 1

Elevation: 2953ft - 3478ft (up hill)

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Old 04-16-2013, 12:15 AM   #393
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Emailed my GPS files to you guys as requested.

If you can make it through Trout Creek you should really plan to stay a night in the 'Canol Hilton' (also known as the Chateau Gopher Shit), aka the last decent quonset up in Devil's Pass (Mile 108). It feels like a rite of passage to stay up there, hang out and kind of soak in the place. You can pass the time reading the messages left by various parties over the years.

Also there is an airstrip at Devil's Pass. Stan Simpson or North-Wright could fly in fuel and supplies.

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Old 04-16-2013, 09:59 AM   #394
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Emailed my GPS files to you guys as requested.

If you can make it through Trout Creek you should really plan to stay a night in the 'Canol Hilton' (also known as the Chateau Gopher Shit), aka the last decent quonset up in Devil's Pass (Mile 108). It feels like a rite of passage to stay up there, hang out and kind of soak in the place. You can pass the time reading the messages left by various parties over the years.

Also there is an airstrip at Devil's Pass. Stan Simpson or North-Wright could fly in fuel and supplies.
Thanks again for the GPS files, I'll do my best to make reservations at Chateau Gopher Shit We will definitely have to leave a message there. I didn't see any airstrips along Devil's Pass, where would you say it is located?

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Old 04-16-2013, 12:11 PM   #395
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Thanks again for the GPS files, I'll do my best to make reservations at Chateau Gopher Shit We will definitely have to leave a message there. I didn't see any airstrips along Devil's Pass, where would you say it is located?
It's on the road bed where the camp at Mile 108 is located, check our 'Camp 4' waypoint. Devil's Pass is the most commonly used landing strip for hikers and others who are using food drops or to fly in/out when doing partial hikes. It also gets used by hunters and mining companies.

The other strips are Mac Pass, Mile 222 and Stan Simpson's place at Godlin Lakes which all have waypoints. I believe that Stan (at least) will also land a plane at the Twitya and also at Mile 80 up on the Plains of Abraham.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:26 AM   #396
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It's on the road bed where the camp at Mile 108 is located, check our 'Camp 4' waypoint. Devil's Pass is the most commonly used landing strip for hikers and others who are using food drops or to fly in/out when doing partial hikes. It also gets used by hunters and mining companies.

The other strips are Mac Pass, Mile 222 and Stan Simpson's place at Godlin Lakes which all have waypoints. I believe that Stan (at least) will also land a plane at the Twitya and also at Mile 80 up on the Plains of Abraham.
Thanks for the tip, I updated map 4-2 above to include that information now.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:43 AM   #397
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Day 5: Carcajou River to Little Keele

Day 4: Carcajou River to Little Keele
Distance: 40.8km

Fuel required:
@25km/L ---> 1.63L
@20km/L ---> 2.04L

River Crossings: Carcajou River, Andy Creek

# of Airstrips: 1

Elevation: 3478ft - 2593ft (down hill)

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Old 04-18-2013, 11:01 PM   #398
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Great work Jason, keep it coming!

Here's a couple prerunning the Canol near Norman Wells last summer.




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Old 04-22-2013, 07:38 AM   #399
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Great work Jason, keep it coming!

Here's a couple prerunning the Canol near Norman Wells last summer.




Those are some great shots! Was this taken on the Norman Wells side of the Mackenzie or on the Canol side?

Any details from your trip would be hugely appreciated!

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Old 04-22-2013, 02:30 PM   #400
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I just learned that the Rayuka Cafe is closed in Norman Wells It was an awesome place...
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West side. The gear-up has started with a good Ebay weekend:



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West side. The gear-up has started with a good Ebay weekend:
Nice score!

Is that the Garmin Montana 600? If so that's the one I want to get for the Canol trip. How much did you pay for it? Those dry suits look ridiculous but they work great, haven't worn one since my racing days on the Alberta Sailing Team...

So you were on the Canol Side of the river, how did you get across if you don't mind me asking? Where did you ride/How far did you get?

More pictures would be great...

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Yes, Montana 600, Probably the last GPS I'll buy so I figured go big or go home(eyes not as good as they use to be up close). Kokatat drysuit is a blem(small mark on the arm) $700 new with full warranty. Just messing around on the ridable river and creek beds last august. The Wells is the farthest I venture on the river due to the cost of fuel and if the engine quits, it's a long float to Inuvik. I tend to not take many pics, but am working on changing that. I know it's kind of silly, but a couple of moving blankets and some strong backs:



I know, a scow would work better, but ya gota run what ya brung and 200hp gets you there and back relatively fast.
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Yes, Montana 600, Probably the last GPS I'll buy so I figured go big or go home(eyes not as good as they use to be up close). Kokatat drysuit is a blem(small mark on the arm) $700 new with full warranty. Just messing around on the ridable river and creek beds last august. The Wells is the farthest I venture on the river due to the cost of fuel and if the engine quits, it's a long float to Inuvik. I tend to not take many pics, but am working on changing that. I know it's kind of silly, but a couple of moving blankets and some strong backs:
I know, a scow would work better, but ya gota run what ya brung and 200hp gets you there and back relatively fast.
I like your style on the boat! How much does a round trip cost from Fort Simpson to Norman Wells?

Right now if we make it to Norman Wells:

  • Plan A: take a motorboat up river at least to Wrigley
  • Plan B: ride the pipeline/trail/winter road from Norman Wells to Wrigley (can't be worse than the Canol...)
  • Plan C: float the bikes and us down river to Tsiigehtchic then ride the Dempster back south
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:04 AM   #405
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  • Plan B: ride the pipeline/trail/winter road from Norman Wells to Wrigley (can't be worse than the Canol...)
Riding the pipeline trail/winter road in the summer is not an option... Just hiking is serious bushwhacking, no way you can ride that. (I only hiked the pipeline north of Tulita, but checked out the winter road in Norman Wells in October and I was afraid to drive on it in a 4X4 truck)... Bogs, lakes will stop you pretty quick. You can look into flying down your bikes to Yellowknife or up to Inuvik with one of the daily jets (First Air and Canadian North)... or use the barge. imho.
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