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Again River Waterfall Expedition

Adam Shoalts

Click for an enlarged map of the expedition route (Source: Google Earth)
The nearly 100-kilometre long Again River was only added to the map of Canada in the 20th century as a result of aerial photography. After two failed attempts, Adam Shoalts reached the river's isolated headwaters in 2012 by a tortuous overland route to explore it, an experience that he blogged about for Canadian Geographic . Given the unexpected discovery of the seven waterfalls, Shoalts, with backing from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, will return to the river, retrace his arduous route and this time photograph, measure and document the precise location of each waterfall so that they can be added to the relevant topographical maps pending verification from Spot satellite imagery.

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Photo: Adam Shoalts mapped five uncharted waterfalls for a 2013 RCGS expedition.

It was in 2012 that explorer Adam Shoalts plunged over a yet-to-becharted northern Ontario waterfall and into the limelight. On that expedition, he became the first person to complete an end-to-end navigation of the 107-kilometre Again River, which runs through the Hudson Bay Lowlands. With funding from The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Shoalts returned to the Again in 2013, to map the waterfall and four other previously uncharted falls.

He set out alone on the Kattawagami River, dragging his canoe up an unnamed tributary to a nameless lake, portaging about 30 kilometres through muskeg and boreal forest to the Again’s headwaters. From there, he followed the river north to its confluence with the Harricanaw River and ultimately to James Bay.

In a Canadian Geographic exclusive online feature, Brian Banks writes, “It had been about six years since Adam Shoalts, at the behest of others, took to calling himself an ‘explorer.’” Read the whirlwind account of everything that’s happened to the young adventurer since.

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