Beam me down, Scotty

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This week's random co-ordinates chosen by the computer are:

59 2' N 120 30' W

FIRST REACTION

I'm in the middle of nowhere, again.

COUNTRY AND REGION

North-Eastern British Colombia in Canada. Exactly 40.8km east of Kotcho Lake to be precise.

NATURE OF THE TERRAIN

I'm standing on the side of a mountain admiring a view of beautiful boreal forest with mineral-rich rocks containing silver and gold. Some of the trees look a bit ropy due to acid rain originating from the US.

ALTITUDE

About 725m

POSSIBLE HAZARDS

Being torn apart by an unfriendly sasquatch or contracting cabin fever from spending a winter with Grizzly Adams in his hut.

USEFUL LANGUAGES

Linguistic skills akin to Doctor Doolittle's would serve you best in these remote parts. But if you're lucky you may stumble across a logger or a native American Indian. Sadly, in either instance American-English would probably do.

TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER

Golf-loving Jean Chretien.

LIKELY WEATHER CONDITIONS

In winter, being just east of the Rocky Mountains, there's heaps of snow and it's really freezing. The summer months are perfect for breeding mosquitoes and sunstroke. But this isn't summer.

REASONS FOR HANGING AROUND

The "Great Outdoors" doesn't get any better than this wilderness; so there's a natural inclination towards biking, trekking and skiing in the mountains, canoeing and fishing the rivers, and driving 4WD jeeps over the remaining bits.

GETTING THE HELL OUT OF THERE

Spend a couple of days on a floating pine log down the river to Lake Hay in Alberta. Cling to the log as it is hauled out of the water and strapped to a truck bound for the city of Edmonton. Let go before you arrive at the pulp mill and thumb a lift to the airport.

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