Stirland Lake - Pipestone River - Wunnummin Lake - Wunnummin Lake settlement - Winisk River - Summer Beaver - Winisk River - Webequie - Webequie Lake - Fishbasket River - Rolandson Lake - Lansdowne House - Attawapiskat Lake - Marten Drinking River - Manitush Lake - Dancing Bear Lake - Rond Lake - Eabamet Lake - Ft. Hope - Albany River - up Opichuan River - Mohamo Lake - French Lake - Ogoki River - Ottertail River - Boatline Bay via road
Same route as B '94.
Left to right, back row: Mike Ketchel (staffman), Phil Varty, Rutsen Eagle, Lyle Witchley, Marc Lechner, Jimmy Carr, Jon Connors, Dana Shonk (guide). Front row: Inigo Mendizabal, Richard Eide, Peter Nestor, Bear Witherspoon.
Inigo and the Pox
He was a great camper who had flown over from Spain for the summer.
a week and a half into the trip Inigo developed a rash all over his back. The
best that I could figure it was some type of contact dermatitis or allergy. I
started giving him antihistamines to treat a possible allergic reaction. At this
point, we were on the Winisk about two days from Webequie. When we got to
Webequie we had the nurses give Inigo a once over. They determined that Inigo
had contracted chicken pox, most likely on the flight from Spain (chicken pox
has a two week incubation time). They told me that he would need at least a week
Boy, what a problem.
Luckily, John and I had developed a relationship with Father Gilles at Lansdowne House. We were headed for Lansdowne house via an exploratory route through Fishbasket Lake. We decided to fly Inigo to Lansdowne House where Father Gilles agreed to board him in the church dorm. Poor Inigo, who barely spoke English, was quite concerned about having to spend over a week by himself in an Indian settlement that he had never seen. Luckily Father Gilles is an incredibly gentle and caring person. He housed and fed Inigo for eight days. He even set Inigo up with oatmeal baths twice daily to help drain the pox.
loved his stay in Lansdowne House. Inigo and Father Gilles still correspond to
this day! We had trouble convincing him that he was well enough to go back on
trip, but I was really looking forward to having a bowman again after a week of
paddling upstream solo!
Mike Ketchel, 7/12/00
Maps and information herein are not intended for navigational use, and are not represented to be correct in every respect.
All pages intended for reference use only, and all pages are subject to change with new information and without notice.
The author/publisher accepts no responsibility or liability for use of the information on these pages.
Wilderness travel and canoeing possess inherent risk.
It is the sole responsibility of the paddler and outdoor traveler to determine whether he/she is qualified for these activities.
Copyright © 2000-2013 Brian Back. All rights reserved.
We do not endorse and are not responsible for the content of any linked document on an external site.