Greenland Crossing! August/September 2018

 
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Colin is setting out to cross the Greenland Icecap - an arduous 400 mile, unsupported trek, and training for something bigger...

The Greenland Ice Sheet is a vast body of ice covering roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland. It is the second largest ice body in the world, after the Antarctic Ice Sheet.

 

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Colin's movement is tracked live with a blue arrow. The satellite is pinged once every 10 minutes! You can track Colin's progress via the blue route. Waypoints, or red marker flags, have been added to the trackable map. These points have not yet been reached, but indicate where Colin is headed on his route across the Greenland Glacier.

You can also check out the daily update from Ousland, the operator that arranged all Greenland expedition logistics! http://www.ousland.no/category/greenland-fall-2018/


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Aug. 21 - Sept. 18, 2018 
A 4-week expedition across Greenland. 

  Day 1:  A 6-hour boat ride through the North Atlantic navigating between waters full of giant icebergs.

Day 1: A 6-hour boat ride through the North Atlantic navigating between waters full of giant icebergs.

Colin reporting from Greenland

Once at or drop-off point the hard work began as this time of year the snow of the glacier doesn’t reach all the way to the water so we had to carry all of our gear over loose rocks and cliffs. Turns out sleds move a lot quicker on ice and snow 😉. We made camp just after midnight finally having reached the ice. We began today (Day 2) in crampons rather than skis as the ice was too bulletproof to navigate on skis. We each have two sleds at this point with enough food and fuel for 30 days. In total my gear weighted in at 220lbs to start. After all the packing and logistics to get here it’s amazing be out here and fully underway on this adventure. 

  Day 2:  Today we moved through challenging, heavily crevassed terrain, and pulled our sleds across frozen rivers.

Day 2: Today we moved through challenging, heavily crevassed terrain, and pulled our sleds across frozen rivers.

  Day 3:  Meet the team!!!

Day 3: Meet the team!!!

 Dragging our sleds forward, moving together.

Dragging our sleds forward, moving together.

I’m out here crossing Greenland with an eclectic crew from seven countries and four continents. Though we’ll be traveling together I will spend a lot of this time operating autonomously from the group doing a lot alone to get specific training I need for my next project. Nevertheless it’s amazing to have such fun traveling companions.  
From left to right:
Anja - German with tons of experience climbing and ski touring in the Alps.
Rune - Norwegian, champion dog musher, caver, polar explorer, and the only one of us to have previously crossed Greenland.
Gabor - Hungarian, fairly new to polar travel but a wildly accomplished adventurer. He’s rowed and canoed a boat across the Atlantic solo...NBD.
Rob - Australian, recently completed the Seven Summits, Everest summit 2016
Olivier - Dutch, Also just completed the Seven Summits with a summit of Everest from the Tibetan North side last year.
Me
Sara - Iran now living in SoCal, climber and happened to be on a ladder in the Khumbu Icefall above basecamp on Everest during the Nepal earthquake in 2015.

  Day 4:  One of the most beautiful campsites I've been to in my entire life.

Day 4: One of the most beautiful campsites I've been to in my entire life.

  Day 5:  Another day jumping crevasses.

Day 5: Another day jumping crevasses.

  Day 6:  White.

Day 6: White.

  Day 7:  Up on the plateau. 13 mi. today.

Day 7: Up on the plateau. 13 mi. today.

  Day 8:  The difficulty level ratcheted way up today with the winds. It's -20 windchill, but luckily the sun is out.

Day 8: The difficulty level ratcheted way up today with the winds. It's -20 windchill, but luckily the sun is out.

  Day 9:  Have to make sure nothing blows away! Lose the tent and it's all over.

Day 9: Have to make sure nothing blows away! Lose the tent and it's all over.

  Day 10:  Polar selfie!

Day 10: Polar selfie!

  Day 11:  #TBT to warmer days before the trip began!

Day 11: #TBT to warmer days before the trip began!

  Day 12:  Stuck in my tent. Storm is brewing.

Day 12: Stuck in my tent. Storm is brewing.

  Day 13:  Still stuck in my ten, but the storm should be breaking tonight.

Day 13: Still stuck in my ten, but the storm should be breaking tonight.

  Day 14:  Some of my gear for this expedition. Lots of important items in here!

Day 14: Some of my gear for this expedition. Lots of important items in here!

  Day 15:  2 days of solid mileage. 28 miles behind me.

Day 15: 2 days of solid mileage. 28 miles behind me.

  Day 16:  Consistency over time is the key to success.

Day 16: Consistency over time is the key to success.

  Day 17:  Selfie! Brutal day.

Day 17: Selfie! Brutal day.

  Day 18:  Walking in this white abyss for 12 hrs/day.

Day 18: Walking in this white abyss for 12 hrs/day.

  Day 19:  First time seeing the horizon in many days.

Day 19: First time seeing the horizon in many days.

  Day 20:  My tent is cozy but I'm missing my Sleepnumber bed!

Day 20: My tent is cozy but I'm missing my Sleepnumber bed!

  Day 21:  Farthest single day push covering 20 miles!

Day 21: Farthest single day push covering 20 miles!

  Day 22:  When you see something other than snow and ice for the first time in 3 weeks. DYE-2 in the distance - a radar station established to warn of any Soviet air attacks against the USA during the Cold War.

Day 22: When you see something other than snow and ice for the first time in 3 weeks. DYE-2 in the distance - a radar station established to warn of any Soviet air attacks against the USA during the Cold War.

  Day 23:  I went indoors for the first time in a few weeks!

Day 23: I went indoors for the first time in a few weeks!

  Day 24:  A room with a view!

Day 24: A room with a view!

  Day 25:  #TBT another unforgettable polar expedition.

Day 25: #TBT another unforgettable polar expedition.

  Day 26:  Pulling four sleds to try to make up time.

Day 26: Pulling four sleds to try to make up time.

  Day 27:  400 miles behind me. It has been an incredible expedition.

Day 27: 400 miles behind me. It has been an incredible expedition.

 Greenland Crossing Conclusion and Success!

Greenland Crossing Conclusion and Success!