This is obviously an area that a quality operator can really do some exciting things in - which is just what Mattice and his partners are up too. For starters, after extensive scouting of the concession with a Super Cub, they have moved Furniss' old base camp some 35 miles east to a place they are calling Phil Creek. This camp features a long main runway that will allow most any wheeled plane to land. It consists of multiple tents on permanent frames with painted wooden floors. The guest tent (14 X 16) has beds for six. The cook tent consists of a 14 X 32 tent that is equipped with a gas range, two deep freezers, hot water tank, microwave, a pop-up toaster and a TV complete with a satellite dish. Outside, there is a washing machine. Clients who spend any time at base camp should be happy. In the interest of having the latest in communications, a satellite phone system has been installed. This certainly helps keep the operation safe and efficient. Meals at base camp are excellent. The food at spike camps is also quite good compared to many operations that I have been around or heard about.
This year, for air support, South Nahanni had two Hiller 12E helicopters, two Super Cubs and a Cessna 185 at camp. All clients were placed in the field with a helicopter - with the understanding, of course, that they had to wait 12 hours after landing........(continued)