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Camps - great, bad and weird


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Someone earlier mentioned Bobby Burns Lodge, what a camp, I had to spend the day there today, and gotta go back tomorrow, what a life. I hope you flatland boys are enjoying your boiled porkchops on the open fire out there in Nothern Alberta, I''ll be thinking of you when I''m flying the Photo shoot and the pretty Models in the Burns tomorrow

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ShortRanger, funny story about Red-earth, you forgot to mention your near death experience with that S-55T, you haven''t been the same since. I always thought you got yerself sick and exhaust-burned so you could come home to that red-headded girlfriend. Look what tooubles she''s caused you since? how many kids are you up to now? 5-6?

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As someone has already mentioned alberta has some of the worst camps to find yourself working in....ah,the garden of Edra brings back some real bad memories as anyone that`s been there will atest too however I would like to thank a Associated crew that I had the great opportunity to meet up with in that particulair nasty place on a miserable rainy night.The guys just made it in before the weather went out...flew in in a Astar,the driver and wrench proceded to drag this huge blue spares box up to our tent.Once inside after getting settled in for the night my other buddy and I wondered what was up when the wrench was peaking out the door and told the driver the coast was clear and proceeded to lock the door on the tent.The driver then asked us if...if we would care for a drink.Not wanting to offend our new found friends we said a drink would be most appreciated.Upon opening the blue sparesbox we feasted our eyes on 48 cans of beer covered in crushed ice....A site to bring tears to the eye of anyone in the chopper world,let alone two guys that have been seating in that s...hole for a week swating blackflies and eating crap,no showers etc etc...a moment to remember.Again,thanks to that crew for a great night in a place no one should ever have to work!

 

 

 

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Anyone remember EOL ( Jimmy''s Lagoon)when that twisted maniac Clairmont was in charge?

Everbody had to be in the shack at the airport from 0700 till 1800 even if you weren''t flying - not allowed to go back to camp for lunch ect ect.

John the engineer having everbody outside with signs judging all the landings.

Clairmont shooting a flaregun at a passing inoffensive fox and starting his very own forest fire.

Ah the good old days.

I won''t mention 381 and NBR2.

 

Worst camp was one about 90 miles north of Schefferville - Run by some Germans who had never - Never worked in Northern Canada.

Fortunately we had our 3*sleeping bags - These guys had stuff you wouldn''t give to your kids for a sleepover at the neighbour''s cottage. They actually came up to my armpit and you could see through them!!!

No wonder things went bad for them in Russia.

 

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What about some of the "good camps"? There''s camps in Northen Quebec that could hardly be called "roughing it". 24 hour porn on every TV, frog legs fried in garlic butter for supper, endless supplies of maple syrup.....I recall many a basketball game on the full-size hardwood indoor courts in LG4, Post Montagnaise looked like something out of a sci-fi flick, and there wasn''t much you couldn''t buy from the stores.

 

I almost miss it (mostly the porn )

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Although it wasn''t a camp I remember a remarkable week in Fort Smith back in 72 or 73. I had hitched a ride in a Liftair 47 from Hay River after working on Wild Bill Tucker''s Aloutte II and was in Ft Smith to fix one of LiftAir''s 47s. It was raining and the entire airport was full of machines on spec. Needless to say the Legion and the Hotel were getting a severe working over. A Yank pilot was there with an AIII on the Wood Buffalo contract, I think that the a/c belonged to Ralph Hancock (?) and he had his 16 year old nephew with him. Some of the guys, including a certain fellow now working a Springbank, invested a great deal of $$$ with two of the local lassies to "change his oil" so to speak. I think the crowning moment was a dozen so-called adults all trying to peek into the window of the motel at the appropriate time

Now those were the days

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the only thing intolerable were the bugs. it was brutal but the arctic front that came through took care of the worst of those.........

 

as far as the camp, i can''t really complain. room is ok, food is excellent, bathrooms clean.....

 

am i missing something?????

 

 

 

 

 

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