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Torngat Private Search Expedition
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.12 - 07:53:28
Ranges: North America Ranges / Laurentians-Ungava Range / Torngat Mountains / Caubvick Range
  (9 days)
Participants: Jack Bennett Roland Hanel, Bill Salter, Billie Butterfield, Greg Slayden, Jim Rickard, Katherine Rickard, John Howie, Tom Potter, Andrew Lavigne, Luc Alary, Mitch Sheldon, Sue Richman, Paul Morgan, Scott Cockrell, Ward Hobert, Beth Schlichter, Mike McCauley Class 3, some Class 4, one short 5.6 step on Koroc Ridge Route.
A detailed trip report of the planning and execution of a trip to Mount Caubvick in the Torngat Mountains of Labrador to search for two missing people
In August of 2003, Daniel Pauze and Susan Barnes went missing climbing the highest point in Quebec and Labrador: Mount D'Iberville/Caubvick. My friend Roland was best friends with Dan (and had also been friends with Sue for 10 years), and, when search efforts in 2003 failed to locate any trace of Sue and Dan, Roland, along with Jack Bennett (writer of the 'Not won in a day' Canadian highpointer guidebook) organized an expedition to go and search for them in 2004.

I had met Roland some years before at an Alpine Club of Canada slideshow. I was showing my slides of a recent climb of Mount Rainier I had done in Washington, and Roland was quite interested. It turned out that he and his brother and a friend (Dan) were going to climb the mountain themselves, and he was doing background research. Not long afterwards, I was invited to Roland's downtown Ottawa apartment to meet with himself, brother Rudy, and Dan. We discussed Rainier: I gave them my experiences of the route I took, left maps, books. Little did I know it would be the one and only time I would meet Dan.

In early December of 2003, Roland called me to ask if I wanted to join a search expedition to look for Dan and Sue on Mount Caubvick/D'Iberville. I remember being taken aback by the idea of being on a search team and looking for missing persons.... And I remember asking him lots of questions but not agreeing just then. I needed to think it all over. In the end, I decided to go, and he expressed his relief. He wanted to have some friends and local people on this trip, which were up to that point mostly American highpointers of which he had no real knowledge.

For the next 8 months, Roland and Jack worked over the complicated logistics of organizing such a large group. Towards the end of the planning, Roland...

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