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PostPosted: July 9th, 2018, 4:01 am 
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I will shortly be heading to Labrador to begin my 6 week 770km solo trip on the George River.

You can get more information about my plans, maps and tracking page at the following link:

http://recped.com/george2018/

Follow along with me as I paddle from the Trans-Labrador Highway, across the Ossokmanuan and Smallwood Reservoirs, over the height of land into Quebec and then North to Ungava Bay on the mighty George River.

This will be my third visit to the George following trips in 2008 and 2010.

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PostPosted: July 9th, 2018, 4:43 am 
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Looking forward to following you. Have a good trip and may the bugs be absent.

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PostPosted: July 18th, 2018, 10:05 pm 
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Sounds another epic adventure for you. Have fun and keep safe.


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 Post subject: Re: George River 2018
PostPosted: August 27th, 2018, 5:55 am 
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Been following recped from day one. Seems like he may arrive at destination later today if weather cooperates.

https://share.garmin.com/Grumpy

It looks like it was one hell of a ride.

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 Post subject: Re: George River 2018
PostPosted: August 27th, 2018, 5:09 pm 
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The word epic gets thrown around a lot... but this. This is epic. Wow. Really hoping for a really long and detailed report/book :D

Fine work. Wow.
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PostPosted: August 27th, 2018, 7:24 pm 
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Looks like it will take another day. Agree, it's going to be an interesting TR.

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PostPosted: September 3rd, 2018, 9:54 pm 
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He made into Kangiqsualujjuaq this afternoon. What an adventure!!!

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PostPosted: September 4th, 2018, 5:57 am 
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Great trip! Way to go Ben. You really should consider doing trip reports. Or maybe writing a book!


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PostPosted: September 4th, 2018, 12:40 pm 
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http://recped.com/bloodvein/

He wrote this trip report in 2015 of the Bloodvein Fantastic read.

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 Post subject: Re: George River 2018
PostPosted: September 9th, 2018, 11:09 pm 
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Ben,

It was wonderful to be able to follow along on your journey.
Thanks for that. The end of your days paddle often sounded so....
cold, damp and dismal. Bet there was great sights of creatures, rapids and vistas.
Hope you're warm and dry now. Now to plan for next year, eh?!

Later Laura

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PostPosted: September 10th, 2018, 1:38 pm 
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Yes Ben did a great job with his update texts.

Looking forward to hearing more, including seeing the pod.

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PostPosted: September 10th, 2018, 2:15 pm 
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I still haven't fully recovered but I think it's time to emerge from my cave and reveal a few details of my trip.

Due to some issues with my truck on the way to Labrador my put-in date was delayed by a few days. As a result instead of starting directly from the Trans-Labrador Highway I decided to drive north from the highway, skip the Ossokmanuan Reservoir and cut about 80km off the trip. My revised put-in point would now be on the Smallwood reservoir near the Lobstick Structure, the "dam" that controls the flow from the reservoir into the Churchill River and the power station at Churchill Falls.

On July 15th in the late afternoon I set off on what would be a 51 day journey north to Ungava Bay. Along the way I would deal with many days of poor weather, high winds would lead to many layover days where I could "enjoy" trying to stay dry and dealing with bugs. Although I have experienced both many times in the past I can't recall a long trip where the wind and bugs were so consistently bad.

Fortunately the route itself passes through spectacular country and includes over 100 marked rapids mostly Class 2 & 3 with a few Class 4/5 and waterfalls. Of course along with the great rapids and strong current there was the massive Smallwood Reservoir (about 200km) and then near the halfway point the almost 100km long Indian House Lake to deal with.

I have copious notes, 1500 still pics and about 7 hours of video to sort out, I promise to start posting the details in the next few days.

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PostPosted: September 17th, 2018, 4:12 am 
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I'm actually working on part one.....

In the meantime, here's a video of a typical rapid on the Upper George.


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PostPosted: September 17th, 2018, 8:30 am 
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That rapid is begging for a good 15 min long song..


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PostPosted: September 17th, 2018, 4:01 pm 
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Most impressed that the yellow XL made it! You are continuously pushing the boundaries of RX life expectancy.


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