The greatest challenge we have living in the north is the lack of roads and or road maintenance. In the immediate area of North West River we only have 2 or 3 forest access roads to travel on. Even tho we live in a heavily wooded boreal forest region of Canada the forest industry is now nonexistent. Fifteen years ago when the industry flourished these roads were maintained. Now the roadbeds are becoming infirm and filling in with alders. Hence the reasoning for trucks with significant road clearance like in this episode. It would stand to reason that eventually these few kilometers of roads we do have will become impassable. This is the main reason snowmobile travel is so important to us. At least we can travel to many places unreachable in the summer months. Trapping is still a part of the local culture but fewer people are involved these days. A big truck with 4 wheel drive sure beats walking long distances in the fall to set your traps
Despite what some people think, hockey pucks used as chassis lifts really work and serve the purpose when special lift kits are not available. This is an example of how northerners must be resourceful in their ability to improvise and make do with what’s available. One must do what must be done!
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