Ascent of Mount Caubvick on 2004-08-08

Climber: Greg Slayden

Others in Party:Billie B.
Date:Sunday, August 8, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Caubvick
    Location:Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador
    Elevation:5420 ft / 1652 m

Ascent Trip Report

In August, 2004, I was part of a 19-person expedition to Mount Caubvick/Mont D'Iberville in the Torngat Mountains of northern Labrador and Quebec. This trip was a privately organized party searching for the bodies of a couple who had died on the peak the previous year. While it was not our expedition that found the bodies, we were present on the peak during the entire operation, and it was still an extremely worthwhile and emotional trip. It also provided an opportunity for us to visit and climb in a remote and rarely visited mountain wilderness.

The following links make up a section-by-section journal of the trip. There is a link at the bottom of each page that will take you to the next one.

Introduction: Background to the trip and preparations

August 3-5, 2004: Team briefing in Montreal and flight to the Torngats

August 6, 2004: Hike from landing area to the south basecamp

August 7, 2004: To near the summit, with rescue crews barring our way

August 8, 2004: Summit day, and our own little rescue

August 9-12, 2004: Rest days and heading off east over an unclimbed peak

August 13, 2004: Climbing a remote summit and then heading down a valley

August 14-15, 2004: Out to the airstrip and back to Montreal, plus a postscript

Disclaimers: Although I have tried to be as accurate and objective as possible, please realize that much of the content of this on-line journal is purely subjective opinion, impressions, and how I felt at the time. It is not my intention to defame or misrepresent anyone or their actions; indeed, I have the highest respect and admiration for everyone I met while on this trip, especially my teammates.

Billie Butterfield on the loose rock of the Koroc Ridge, a challenging scrambling route to the summit of Mount Caubvick (2004-08-08).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1 ft / 0 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Gear Used:
Rope, Headlamp, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1 ft / 0 m
    Start Trailhead:Mont D'Iberville  5419 ft / 1651 m
Descent Statistics
    End Trailhead:Bennett Brook Valley  
Ascent Part of Trip: 2004 - Torngats (10 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Minaret Ridge2004-08-07 a4240 ft / 1292 m
2(Attempt) Mount Caubvick2004-08-07 b300 ft / 91 m
3Mont D'Iberville2004-08-08 a3769 ft / 1149 m
4Mount Caubvick2004-08-08 b1 ft / 0 m
5Mount Cartwright-SW Ridge Waterfall2004-08-10600 ft / 183 m
6Peak 39922004-08-112342 ft / 714 m
7Mount Barnes-Pauzé2004-08-132774 ft / 846 m
8Koroc Ilaku2004-08-1470 ft / 21 m
Total Trip Gain: 14096 ft / 4296 m    Total Trip Loss: 600 ft / 183 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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Other Photos

The summit pyramid of Mount Caubvick/D'Iberville, with the Koroc Ridge to the left and the Minaret Ridge to the right (2004-08-08).

From the summit of Mount Caubvick, looking down to the notch in the Koroc Ridge. Climbers are visible on the rappel step (2004-08-08).

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