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We arrived last Friday at km 31 on Saturday morning we headed out into the country for 5 days of off trail adventure.  The first day was an adventure over to km 94 relais manic outarde.  Breaking trail the whole way sleighs in tow we managed 208 miles for the day.  The second day we left and headed for relais Gabriel another 215 of serious trail breaking.  Day 3 was 100 miles of beating thru  the woods and rivers putting in a trail up 80’ waterfalls stuck in deep snow .  Day 4 was a loop east from Gabriel to the old trail along the gorge up to petite Manicouagan back to Manicouagan reservoir in for the night another 190 miles of adventure. Day 5 loaded all back up and headed southwest back to km 31, 300 miles of breaking trail 150 miles of it rivers and reservoirs, ep plus gallons of fuel burnt and 1 plus gallon of oil gone, all in all a great day.  Sorry for the long post pics and comments to follow.

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First time I have ever climbed an 80’ high set of falls with water ripping below the shelf ice and many holes to avoid.  Definitely have to be on your game.

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Many tough areas where the snow was not set up and bottomless.  You know it’s difficult when the super wide 24” and 20” wides will not go but we pulled a lot of skis and put the snow bungee to the test.

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Slush on the lakes made it tough traveling with sleighs in tow, we even managed to pull out the superwide 24” with 2 backcountry 146” hooked together with snow bungee and rope.  A great friend from Baie-Comeau was with us the infamous “Johnny 24 Dufour”.  He was definitely ready for battle.

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Day 5 from Manicouagan reservoir back to km 31, pushing miles and miles of snow, snow was really sticky and we were chewing up fuel and oil faster than whimpy eats burgers.  Arrived last night into km 31 around 7 pm with 300 miles for the day a big day for sure.  The teamwork of this group led by Team Maine’s Early Rider is nothing short of amazing.  After 1,000 miles of extremely adverse conditions not being on any marked trail this is truly an adventure not for the faint of heart.  Take care signing off from km 31.

603 Backcountry 

 

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Just amazing pics and what an off the map adventure. I always so much reading about these (very) remote rides some of you take. Thank you for sharing.

(Makes me wish I was younger).

mike

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The gorge you mentioned on Day 4, is that the big one I have heard about? There is one in that area that you can run up the river and the walls are straight up on both sides 600-700 feet. It is between Port Cartier and Fermont.

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3 hours ago, 800steve said:

Nice run boys, you are BAT SHIT crazy!!!!!!!!

What he said and effin’ Nuts too !!!

Im in amazement at the miles you guys made each day in those kind of off trail conditions. Some people are “big snowmobilers” and don’t get those kinda miles in a day while groomed trail riding. It goes to prove all of you guys riding prowess and abilities. Cudos to all of you !!!!

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3 hours ago, jak said:

Where (or when) did you guys sleep?

I was real curious about this too and how the places/conditions were. And also even with the best gear money can buy I gotta figure some of you had wet stuff every night that needed dryed out.

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I can't even imagine trying to tackle that ride.  My guess it's only doable in the spring?  Did you guys bring all your own fuel our where you able to get some at your rest stops?

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On 4/4/2019 at 9:16 AM, 603backcountry said:

Slush on the lakes made it tough traveling with sleighs in tow, we even managed to pull out the superwide 24” with 2 backcountry 146” hooked together with snow bungee and rope.  A great friend from Baie-Comeau was with us the infamous “Johnny 24 Dufour”.  He was definitely ready for battle.

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Pretty serious adventure.   

Johnny definitely looks ready...lol

Thanks for sharing

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Another eventful day we left km 31 and headed west thru some bush trails and ended up on the west side of the pipmicuan reservoir.  Headed north to chutes de passes, from there we headed east to track the north side of the reservoir snow was deep once again.  We had a fuel pump problem on one of the 850’s so we loaded it onto the Sleigh and towed it back to km 31.  Also broke the tongue off one of the sleighs but we repaired it trailside. 301 miles for the day and in by 9:15 pm.  Time to eat, signing out for the evening

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21 hours ago, Blueblood said:

I can't even imagine trying to tackle that ride.  My guess it's only doable in the spring?  Did you guys bring all your own fuel our where you able to get some at your rest stops?

Blue blood the trip is doable as soon as the ice freezes we carry enough fuel to make appx 300 miles and we are able to get fuel at most of our stops

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23 hours ago, 800steve said:

Thanks for the pics and posts, of places most of us mortals will never see.

Who was it used to say they subscribed to two magazines for the same reason, National Geographic and Playboy: “To see pictures of places I know I’ll never get to visit in person

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