Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Young explorer changes map of Canada

When you live in a city like Toronto and  every single day you come across sissified men who use skin conditioners twice a day  and  empty-headed women who paint their nails at least once a day ... even when they are using public transport,  you learn to appreciate men like Adam Shoalts.  To stress on  how much of a lean towards  metrosexuality  the Toronto men have taken, let me tell you of just one remark I heard recently from a young man of my acquaintance.  He said  men, including himself,  look at women's nails ... to check if they are nicely manicured and tastefully painted to match the color of their clothes.  Yup .... believe it or not !   Would you want your daughters to hitch up with such robotic nobodies or with someone like Adam Shoalts?

Jake Edmiston writing at NationalPost:
...Aerial photographs from the 1950s  didn’t prepare Adam Shoalts for what he was about to encounter. The self-dubbed “modern explorer” was canoeing a stretch of little-known whitewater rapids just south of Hudson Bay when the river started to disappear in front of him.

“I’ve discovered a waterfall and now I’m about to go straight over it,” Mr. Shoalts thought. “This is not good.”

He tried to back paddle, but the current was too swift. And then, “It’s past the point of no return.”

The current pivoted his canoe sideways, sending him down the 12-metre waterfall. As he fought against the undertow and swam to shore, Mr. Shoalts couldn’t help congratulating himself for making a discovery that “just doesn’t happen in the 21st century.”

The August 2012 trip marked the first time on record that anyone had traversed the Again River, a 100-kilometre tributary straddling the Northern Ontario-Quebec border that was too likely too marginal to sustain ancient aboriginal populations and too rocky for fur traders.

After rescuing most of his gear downstream and using duct tape to repair his dented canoe, Mr. Shoalts proceeded along the river to find six more uncharted waterfalls. And now, with the backing of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS), Mr. Shoalts is poised to return to the area this week to properly document one of the last blind spots acknowledged by Canadian geographers.

Already, the RCGS has lauded Mr. Shoalts for “changing the map of Canada, a true rarity in 21st-century exploration.”........

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