Bear’s Gut Bay
58º 44.16’N, 62º 56.73’W
Barometer: 30.04 inches
Distance travelled: 45 km.
We are camped tonight in a remarkable
site — The Bear’s Gut resembles an alpine lake — mountains rise
sheer from the water,, and patches of snow line the shore and gullies of the
hills. We pulled in here at 11 pm,
so I’m sure you’ll understand why I’m not going to write a
was an amazing day of paddling — the weather has been about as idyllic as
you’re ever likely to find up here.
There is a certain surreal sense to the landscape when the weather is
this good. The mountains and
valleys — even the icebergs — have a certain simplistic purity to them,
you almost feel as if you are paddling through a dream.
Because we have no way of knowing just how long this weather
will last, were taking every opportunity to maximize our distance.The wind came up a bit in the afternoon
and we stopped and had an early dinner so that we could paddle into the
evening. We paddled for over three
hours, until the last light had faded from the hills and was replaced with a
soft alpenglow. The coastline we
passed is nearly all cliff here — mountains rise almost sheer to nearly
2000 feet and there are no places
to camp, let alone stop. The rocks
themselves are worthy of a day’s description — they have been pounded
into a myriad of patterns and shapes.
Dark bands of basalt have been worn away, creating large chimneys that
rise from the water’s edge.
We were all pretty tired by the time we unloaded the boats
and made camp. The shoreline is a
bit rocky and we had to climb well up to find flat ground for the tents. The view up here is stunning,
though. We’ll have to
be up again fairly early tomorrow — two more days of travel should have us
into Nachvak Fiord, where we will leave the Labrador Sea. I for one will be able to relax when
that happens. For now I’m
off to bed….
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