Backpacking

Long Range Traverse

Backpacking deep into the wilderness of Gros Morne National Park! In addition to an experience in self-reliance, character building, and physical challenge you will see a dramatic mountain landscape of glacier carved fjords, lush valleys, numerous streams and ponds, and arctic alpine barrens. Woodland caribou, moose, rock ptarmigan, Arctic hare, black bear, and Arctic plants thrive in this environment. Experienced and knowledgeable local guides lead our backpacking adventures and take time to describe the unique ecology of the region. Wilderness comforts include great backpacking food and quality camping equipment.

Details

Departures:

  • June 18 – 22, 2017
  • July 2 – 6, 2017
  • July 16 – 20, 2017
  • July 30 – August 3, 2017
  • August 13 – 17, 2017
  • August 27 – August 31, 2017
  • Custom departures can be arranged

Please note: the first day (Sunday) is a 5pm orientation only. We start the traverse the following morning (Monday). The last day (Thursday) we usually finish by late afternoon.

Land Cost:

$1295 CDN per person

Cost does not include HST (tax)

Details:

  • all meals (lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 4)
  • group camping equipment
  • ground transportation to/from trailheads
  • boat tour
  • park permit
Brief Itinerary

Sunday/Orientation: Meet at our office in Norris Point at 5pm for a pre-trip briefing and orientation. You will require overnight accommodation in Norris Point.

Day 1: Depart for Western Brook Pond Fjord. Our route to the Arctic alpine winds up through lush boreal forest hemmed in by towering fjord walls. The view from the top is stunning – huge waterfalls tumbling off sheer granite cliffs into the deep blue fjord waters over 800m below!

Day 2-3: Once on the high country, the barren expanses are filled with bogs, ponds, streams and brightly coloured flowers. Moose are often sighted in the forested valleys .

Day 4: Gros Morne Mountain comes into view. On numerous rock outcrops, clusters of woodland caribou stand motionless catching the summer breeze. Descent into Ferry Gulch and the base of Gros Morne Mountain.

Full Itinerary

This backpacking adventure traverses the Long Range Mountains from spectacular Western Brook Fjord to Gros Morne Mountain. The views from the fjord valleys and mountaintops are stunning, the wilderness is vast, and the sense of accomplishment at the end of this journey is tremendous! Over 10,000 years ago, glaciers scraped the 800m high Long Range Mountains clean and gouged deep fjords out to sea. Today we see massive freshwater fjords rising abruptly from the coastal plain to an arctic alpine plateau interspersed with rich wooded valleys. Inhabitants of this unique topography include the migratory woodland caribou, the arctic hare, black bear, and moose plus an array of extremely colourful arctic alpine flowering plants.

Orientation

Meet at the Gros Morne Adventures office at 5pm for a pre-trip orientation and briefing. Your guides will provide you with the group items that you have to carry plus answer any questions. You will require overnight accommodations in Norris Point.

Day 1
Transfer to Western Brook Pond; hike; easy, 3km. Boat Tour; 1 hour. Hike; 5km, demanding.

We depart Norris Point at 7:30am for the Western Brook Pond water shuttle. The boat will drop us off at the end of the fjord to begin the first day of our wilderness journey, a 600m ascent onto the plateau of the Long Range Mountains. Enjoy an incredible view overlooking this spectacular fjord from our campsite. Camping.

Day 2
Hike; moderate to demanding, 9km

Atop the plateau the traverse follows the migration paths of woodland caribou across the arctic alpine barrens and through the glacier-scoured valleys of the Long Range Mountains. The terrain is both rocky and wet (mostly wet!) as we trek across mountaintops, skirt numerous mountain streams and ponds; drop into sparsely forested valleys, and cross windswept fens. Camping.

Day 3
Hike; moderate to demanding, 6km.

After we break camp the route takes us along the innermost reaches of Bakers Brook Pond fjord and Ten Mile Pond fjord. Late in the day we’ll see Ten Mile Pond over 600m below   and to the west, Gros Morne Mountain. Camping.

Day 4
Hike; moderate to demanding, 8km.

On this day we descend Ferry Gulch, a glacier-carved valley that separates Gros Morne Mountain from the remainder of the Long Range Mountains. Return you to Norris Point.

Itinerary Changes
Because of the flat-topped mountain topography, the steep gorges, the massive coastal lowland at the base of these mountains, the proximity of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the latitude of Gros Morne National Park the weather and wind conditions can be extreme. High winds, fog and rain at these high elevations sometimes force us to alter the intended route and schedule, therefore the day-to-day itinerary may change. This adventure is designed for the physically fit wilderness traveller.

Trip Rating
Demanding! This trip is designed for the physically active who have a taste for adventure. Previous backpacking experience is not essential but highly recommended. Each day we average about 10km of backpacking/hiking per day. Most of the time we are hiking off trail where the terrain is wet underfoot. On average, you will be expected to carry 7½-8½kg (16-19lbs) of shared equipment and food in addition to your personal gear. Expect to carry from 16-20kg (36-45lbs) depending on the weight of your personal gear.

Travel Arrangements
Airfare is not included in the price of your trip. We encourage you to contact your local travel agent or the airlines directly for any air arrangements you may need.

Reservations
Please fill out the online application form. You will be required to confirm your reservation with a deposit of $300.00 CDN per person. Visa, MasterCard or American Express accepted. The balance of the tour cost is due 60 days prior to the tour departure.

Accommodations
You will require accommodation in Norris Point pre and post trip. There are B&B’s, cottages and inns available in Norris Point.

Meals/Menu
Breakfast is a hot cereal. Lunch is generally a sandwich with a variety of spreads. Snacking items like granola bars, trail mix, and dried fruit are provided (if you have some personal favourites, please bring them along). Dinner is generally a mix of rice & pastas with a variety of sauces. We dry most ingredients to minimize weight. If you have any dietary restrictions it’s very important to inform us in advance so that we can adjust our menu.

With respect to water no need to worry we’re always trying to avoid it! It is still a pristine environment and people often drink water straight from the streams.

Map

The Long Range Traverse is an unmarked route that connects the eastern end of Western Brook Pond to the Gros Morne Mountain hiking trail.

Equipment and Clothing

Required Gear & Clothing

  • Large backpack (minimum 75L capacity) – make certain that it fits your body. Load it up with some weight and test it out. You will have to carry a portion of the group gear as well.
  • Sleeping bag (minimum 0ºC or 32ºF – varies with season and clothing you wear at night). Should be stuffed inside a plastic bag inside a water resistant compression stuff/dry sack.
  • Insulated sleeping pad. Pack in plastic inside a stuff sack.
  • Sturdy hiking boots – boot with a raised heel. Terrain tends to be wet so you’re advised to bring some plastic bags (bread bags) to put over your dry socks in case your boots are wet for around camp. Make certain you have good (new) insoles for your boots.
  • Gaiters – a must or you’ll regret it!
  • Sun hat with wide brim
  • Lightweight hat & gloves
  • Lightweight polypropylene underwear – top & bottom
  • Fleece sweater(s) – combination of 100 & 200 weight works better that one 300 weight…especially if it’s wet!
  • Long sleeve synthetic shirt – help prevents sunburn & they dry quickly
  • T-shirt (100% cotton doesn’t dry quickly) – some people just bring an extra long sleeve shirt
  • Wind pants – quick dry
  • Rain pants and jacket (Gore-Tex or equivalent)…ponchos don’t work very well is our environment and yes, you will need both jacket and pants!
  • Socks (4-5 pairs minimum – synthetic, wool or equivalent with polypropylene liners)
  • Underwear (we’ve included everything else!)
  • Stuff/Dry sacks (small not large ones) & plastic bags – good for keeping clothes and other items organized & dry. Helps to use smaller bags and its useful to label them. Guides will be adamant that you waterproof everything.
  • Pack towel
  • Toiletries (comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.) – remember to keep the weight to a minimum
  • Handkerchief
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block & lip balm
  • Insect repellent. Bug jacket or head net – advised to bring one if you’re prone to being bothered by black flies and mosquitoes.
  • Medications (medications that would not be part of our standard first aid kit)
  • Blister Treatment – Moleskin, 2nd Skin, Compeed/Band Aid
  • Water Bladder or Bottle with a holder for easy access – lots of water en route. Generally if your water isn’t accessible you tend not to drink enough for your urine to be clear and copious!
  • Water Filter or Treatment – we’re never far from a source of water so you don’t need a big water bladder filled with water. Remember, one litre of water weighs 1kg! Most people drink the water straight from streams on the traverse but we cannot guarantee that it is free from all waterborne pathogens. Please bring your own preferred method of water treatment (filter, chemicals, etc.) if you plan to filter your water.
  • Small pad to sit on – remember the terrain is wet. Makes a big difference!
  • Whistle
  • Spare hip belt buckle – can break buckle by stepping on it when putting on your pack

Optional Gear & Clothing

  • Pack Cover
  • Spare insoles for hiking boots
  • Camera & batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Pillow slip – stuff clothes into for a pillow
  • Small flashlight & extra batteries
  • Pocket knife
  • Treats
  • Light footwear for campsite – remember the terrain is wet! Plastic bags work well inside your boots if your boots are wet.
  • GoreTex Socks (the more expensive version of plastic bags!)
  • Earplugs (if your tent mate snores!)
  • Hiking poles

You will be required to pack the gear listed above and a portion of the shared gear (tent, stove, cooking equipment, food, etc.). Expect to carry from 16-20kg (36-45lbs) depending on the weight of your personal gear.

Please do not hesitate to call our office if you have questions pertaining to clothing – the right clothing will add to the enjoyment of your hiking adventure!

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