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Paddle Like it's 1905 Photo: Peter Marshall

Lure of the Labrador Wild inspires twosome to trace 100-year old route with traditional gear

Using only turn-of-the-century equipment, Peter Marshall and Andrew Morris set out to retrace a 600-kilometer route through the rugged Canadian province of Labrador last summer. Their proposed path followed the 1905 route of Mina Hubbard, a young widow who set out to complete an exploratory route along the then-unmapped Naskapi River, which had claimed the life of her husband. In what was one of the most anticipated expeditions of the summer, and with a camp kit that featured throwbacks like a waxed canvas tent, tin cloth rain gear and a cedar canvas canoe, the twosome struggled forward for 130 kilometers before turning back—here Marshall shares what went wrong. 

Who inspired this expedition?

Labrador is wild and remote—it’s always been enchanting to me. After reading about the tragic expedition and death by starvation of explorer Leonidas Hubbard, I was even more interested. To my knowledge, no one has paddled this specific route since his widow, Mina Hubbard, who completed it in his honor in 1905. So there was the big historical element.

Why use traditional equipment?

I had paddled more than 10,000 kilometers in Canada’s North on several expeditions... Click here to continue reading in the free desktop edition of The 2015 Paddling Buyer's Guide.  

Screen_Shot_2014-12-23_at_12.39.44_PM.pngThis article originally appeared in the 2015 Paddling Buyer's Guide. Read the entire issue on your desktop, Apple  or Android device. 





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