Saturday, March 20, 2010
旅遊魁北克省加斯佩半島思索山Travel to Chic Choc Mountains Gaspé Peninsula Québec
I love travelling and often find myself exploring, hiking or skiing in different parts of North America or the world. Ever since when I was young, I have always found it hard to sit still for long periods of time without moving. Perhaps that's why I am a marathon runner, cross-country and alpine skier, and an amateur athlete of different self-propelled sport (I was a rock climber once but have been grounded because of family responsibilities. Apparently, I worth more alive than dead, an assessment that I should feel grateful to accept.)
So, here I am on the move again. This time, I am taking a 9-day back-country ski trip to the Chic-Chocs, which is a group of mountains on top of the central Gaspé Peninsula in Québec, Canada. The name "Chic-Choc" comes from a Mi'kmaq (aboriginal) word meaning "impenetrable barrier". These mountains are heavily eroded, with flat tops and steep sides. So, it will be fun skiing up the hills and bombing down (and hopefully not over) the cliffs. There are over 25 mountains with peaks higher than 1 km; the highest being Mont Jacques-Cartier at 1,268 m (4,160 ft).
I am expecting to encounter caribous and other wild animals but few humans, while cross-country skiing on the network of trails, including the International Appalachian Trail that extends south to the USA. I will stay overnights in designated wilderness cabins built by Parc de la Gaspésie. My winter sleeping bag is rated to -20 deg C, so it should keep me warm throughout the night at this time of the year up in the mountain. I will bring a hand-held filtering device to provide me with drinking water from melting snow. Since there is no electricity up there, I will have no access to computers and Internet, which is just as well if I am to enjoy nature and stay away from the modern world for a while.
Well, I better start packing !!!
Source of info / Photo credit / References: "Chic-Choc Mountains" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chic-Choc_Mountains
(to be posted on March 20, 2010)