06-Apr-2007 -- This confluence can be found nestled in some particularly rugged terrain at the culmination of a climb from sea level to an elevation of 528m. The closest launch point to this confluence is from Iqaluit, Nunavut which is approximately 40km away.
This confluence can only be reached in winter therefore, the possibility of being stranded in a blizzard is a possibility. Failure to approach this confluence without respect for the weather and the terrain can result in damage to you and your equipment. Taking along a satellite phone is highly recommended.
On the day of our attempt the skies where clear with not a cloud in the sky. The temperature was in the mid teens with a wind chill in the mid twenties. In short, it was an ideal day for an attempt on this confluence. One thing worth noting here is that the wind chill at the elevation of the confluence moved into what felt like the mid thirties.
We approached by first traveling east along the Ward Inlet trail. Around half way we headed north, threading our way along the valley and river systems which runs parallel to the confluence. We decided to try exiting in a westerly direction to the Pang trail and luckily found what I believe the only relatively safe westerly exit from this confluence.
Our trip started at around 10:00am and ended at around 4:00pm over a distance of around 142km.
The most remarkable thing to report regarding this confluence is the startling vistas and rugged beauty afforded by the terrain during virtually the entire trip. Anyone wishing to visit this confluence on the right day will not be disappointed.
On a final note, I spoke with a gentleman named Stan Hutchinson one week before visiting this confluence. Even though he has not posted yet, I believe he has visited this confluence on at least one occasion before us.