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Canada : Québec

19.3 km (12.0 miles) NNE of Le Petit-Canot, QC, Canada
Approx. altitude: 492 m (1614 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo topo250 world confnav)
Antipode: 49°S 109°E

Accuracy: 1.2 km (1257 yd)
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#2: Alain, Serge, Claude #3: Traverse d'une ecluse sur le Lac Ross - Corssing a tiny dam on Lac Ross

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  49°N 71°W (visit #1) (secondary, incomplete) 

#1: Le sentier a 1.45 km au SE du confluent - The trail, 1.45km SE of the confluence

(visited by Daniel Morissette, Claude Morissette, Serge Savard and Alain)

English

16-Mar-2002 -- C'est a peine quelques jours apres avoir appris l'existence du projet 'confluences' que nous avons tente de visiter le confluent 49N71W qui se trouve dans un secteur que nous visitons frequemment, a motoneige l'hiver, et en VTT l'ete. Le point se trouve sur le territoire de la ZEC Onatchiway, une randonnee d'environ 90km a motoneige vers le nord a partir de Chicoutimi, un paradis pour les motoneigistes qui viennent meme du Nord des Etats-Unis pour pratiquer leur sport favori a partir de la mi-novembre.

Pour ceux qui connaissent le secteur, le 49N71W est situe au sommet d'une montagne, a quelques centaines de metres au nord du Lac de l'Equerre, ou a environ 4km au sud-ouest du Lac Ross. Le sentier menant au Lac Ross passe a 1.15km a l'est du confluent, au pied de la montagne, et c'est d'ailleurs le point le plus rapproche que nous avons atteint.

En fait, nous sommes partis un peu trop optimistes: nous esperions pouvoir atteindre le confluent a motoneige, en remontant une riviere sur plusieurs kilometres... des vrais touristes! ;-) La densite de la vegetation, combinee au fait que nous conduisions des motoneiges de type touring et que nous n'avions meme pas apporte de raquettes nous ont force a faire demi-tour avant d'atteindre notre but. Mais ce n'est que partie remise: nous allons tenter notre chance a nouveau dans les prochains mois et reussir.

Ce fut tout de meme une des meilleures journees de motoneige de l'hiver, nous avions recu un 6 a 8 pouces de neige fraiche la veille, temperature autour de -10C, gros soleil printanier, bref, la grosse vie sale! :D

English

16-Mar-2002 -- It was only a few days after we learned of the existence of the confluence project that we attempted a visit to the 49N71W confluence which is located in an area that we visit several times per year, on snowmobile in the winter (a 90km ride north of Chicoutimi), and on ATV's in the summer. It is located within the boundaries of ZEC Onatchiway, a skidoo heaven where it is common to meet skidoo addicts from as far as the northern US states that go up there to practice their favorite sport as early as mid-november.

OK, so for those who know the area, 49N71W is on top of a montain a few hundred meters north of 'Lac de l'Equerre', or 4km south-west of 'Lac Ross'. The trail that goes to Lac Ross passes 1.15km east of the confluence, and this is the closest that we got to the confluence.

Actually, we were a bit too optimistic: we were hoping to get to the confluence on our skidoos by following a river for several kilometers up to the top of the mountain... we were thinking like real tourists! ;-) The density of the trees combined with the fact that we were riding Touring vehicules forced us to turn back several kilometers away from our objective (a Toundra would have had more chances to make it). We're still confident that we'll make it eventually, sometimes in the next few months.

But this was still one of our best skidoo rides of the winter, with 6 to 8 inches of fresh now, temperature around -10C and this huge spring sun shining in the sky... the cat's ass! :


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#1: Le sentier a 1.45 km au SE du confluent - The trail, 1.45km SE of the confluence
#2: Alain, Serge, Claude
#3: Traverse d'une ecluse sur le Lac Ross - Corssing a tiny dam on Lac Ross
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