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    • When the boat drops you off at the eastern end of Western Brook Pond in Newfoundland's Gros Morne National Park, the hike begins, although in truth it began early that morning when you left your car at the traverse's end about twenty-five miles south where you arranged for a taxi to pick you up & drive you North where you put your pack on your back and a hike in about a mile to catch the previously mentioned boat...

    • The Traverse is short, but it is perhaps the toughest hike my wife and I have done together. Parks Canada's guide to the Traverse begins with a promise and a caution.

      "The Long Range Mountains provides hikers with some of the most scenic and challenging hiking terrain in eastern North America. Hiking in the Long Range Mountains is physically and mentally challenging. It is remote, strenuous, and potentially hazardous. There are no built trails on the Long Range although there are a number of suggested backcountry routes. These routes are not marked with signs or maintained in any manner."

      And after the boat has left put on your pack and start a with a wamup, a 2000' scramble up from the Pond to mountain plateau above.

    • The landscape is contoured so well for this shot. Landscape rarely provides this many places for the eye of the viewer to appreciate both height and distance without the need for anything else to provide size comparison.

    • There are a myriad of game trails, but there is no trail. Parks Canada requires that applicants pass a map & compass test before heading out on they will receive a permit to hike the traveres. Also the boat operator will not allow peope to go land at the trail head unless they have a permit from the park's people.

    • As noted the traverse is only about twenty-five miles, maybe more it you are navigationally challenged, but Parks Canada suggests to allow for 3-5 days. We took four days and found there was no place where we could make time, the footing in these barren lands was dodgy the whole way.

      Our first two days were cold and damp. We were there in mid July and there were still patches of snow on the ground although we were only at a little over 2000'.

    • In Newfoundland the weather forcast will say RDF; rain, drizzle, fog. And so went those first two days of slogging over the saturated, soft ground of the travese. In addition the fog gave us at times very low visibity adding to our navigational challenges.

    • During our time on the traverse, Gerry & Nadine from Switzerland were the only other people we met. They were young, strong & able hikers who easily outpaced us, but they slowed down to our pace as they were not entirely at ease with being alone in the wilderness. My wife & I have spent a lot of time alone in British Columbia's mountains & though we are old & slow we are very comfortable out there.

    • Except for our friends from Switzerland we did not see anyother hikers. We had expected to be passed by faster hikers who started the day after us, but learned the two days of bad weather was sufficient to discourage the people who had planned to hike the Traverse.

    • Also because the Traverse is only hiked from North to south we did not encounter any oncoming traffic. We camped after the fouth day in order to take advantage of the better weather and to dry out our gear; we didn't want a car full of wet stuff. And then on the morning of the fifth way we walked out to the car.

    • No trail with low visibility, that's hardcore map and compass work! Wow, this is a really incredible report. It's rare these days that you meet people that have experienced a remote wilderness like this. Thank you for sharing.