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Ascent of Mount Caubvick on 2004-08-11

Climber: Scott Cockrell

Date:Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Caubvick
    Location:Canada-Newfoundland
    Elevation:1652 m / 5420 ft

Ascent Trip Report

This was the Torngats Search and Recovery Mission. Andrew Lavigne and Greg Slayden (peakbagger.com) have beautiful write-ups on their web sites about this whole trip. I considered it such a privilege to participate -- many of the other people on this trip were much more experienced and skilled as mountaineers than I am. But it was a great opportunity to try to help out in a sad situation, as well as see a part of the world I never would have been to any other way. I did get to try to climb a ridge that probably has never been climbed before -- Bill Salter, Mike McCauley, and I were assigned to search a rocky ridge that approached Caubvick from the east, south of the small flat area we called "the football field" but north of a much larger flat area that was part of the approach from the south. We discovered the ridge was composed of fairly large blocks of talus that frequently moved underfoot -- we didn't like the looks of things, but thought we had climbed so far that the thought of going down was too frightening. So we kept going up -- until we reached a point where the ridge was only a few feet wide, and we looked over to the right and straight down a 2000-foot drop into a cirque! The drop to the left was only slightly less impressive. Then we reached a place where a block of stone about 10 feet high and 2-3 feet thick, standing on end and held up by other loose pieces of rock, mostly blocked our view of the ridge in front of us. I took a step to try to look around the big rock -- and all the rocks moved a little bit, and that flint-and-steel smell came up from the rocks striking together! So we chickened out. After sitting down and giving ourselves a little pep talk, we turned around and slowly made our way back down the ridge. Fortunately, we were able to try Caubvick again by one of the other routes a couple of days later, and Bill and I reached the summit, along with Joel Cyr, who happened along just as we reached the "football field". He wasn't even with our group, and the other people he was with didn't want to go on to the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp



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