In 1953 I was on a survey of a remote corner of south-west Labrador, near the Quebec border. It was called Flat Lake, but we had to have our survey equipment on the highest point of the mountain. Everything had to be carried up from the lake on packboards, but the climb was so bad we kept our living tent down on the Lake. This photo shows the climb about half-way to the top. Beyond that, the forest closed in enough to prevent good views. As far as I know, this area hasn’t changed from then until now. Taken with an Exakta Varex 35mm.SLR, Ektachrome film, 50mm. F 2.0 Biotar lens. Scanned in 2004 at 4000dpi using a Canoscan 4000US scanner.


1953, canada, forest, george cousins, labrador, lake, mountain, quebec, survey, wilderness


  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekover 5 years ago

    That’s quite a spectacular view.
    I can’t imagine packing a heavy camera like that up that hill. LOL.

  • So true. we had to carry two 80 lb. gas generators and 10 gal. drums of gas, plus the radar set, 8 × 10 ft. steel tower sections..all on pack boards or stretchers. Took about 2 hours each way, I think that’s where my bad back originated. I think they thought we were pack mules. We spent the days on top and the nights at the

    – George Cousins

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