Greenland Crossing! August/September 2018
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.
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/
Aug. 21 - Sept. 18, 2018
A 4-week expedition across Greenland.
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.
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.
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.