The route across the ice
The expedition will start in mid June 2007. Our point of entry to the ice will be Kangerlussuaq.
Movement will primarily be done on skis, but also on foot through the crevasse areas on the eastern and western side of Greenland. We will bring Ozone kites to take advantage of favourable wind conditions, and thereby enabling a longer route across the ice and still keep our time budget. The starting weight of the pulks is estimated to be around 70kg (140-150 lbs)
We will cover a distance of approx. 800 km, (500 miles) over approx. 25 days. This implies an average distance of over 30 km (19 miles) per day.
We will be transported from Kangerlussuaq with motor transport towards the ice. The crevasse area that has to be crossed offers plenty of challenges regarding safety and equipment. We need the skills and knowledge to take the right decisions, but robust equipment makes a big difference as well. It’s important to take good care of the equipment and be able to use it accordingly.
Before we reach the ice plateau, we’ll cross an area where there will most likely be great lakes and streams of melt-water. This problem could to a great extent have been avoided, had we chosen a different time for our expedition. We are, however, bound to the specified dates as a result of us being fulltime students, and this is when we have our summer break. The solution is simply to be prepared for the challenges ahead, and train specifically for such scenarios.On the more levelled snow-covered plateau, ski-sailing with kites in favourable wind conditions gives us an opportunity to make up for time lost battling the melt water and crevasse areas. We hope to drop by the no longer active American radar-station DYE 2 before we head for the mountains on the East coast. Our route will reach a peak of 3 000 m (9 800 feet) on the ice, before we head downwards again.
We have laid our route through the mountainous area to the North of the Sermilik Fjord. The highest peak in this area is mt. Forel (3 360 m, 11 023 ft.). This route enables us to experience the mountains and nunatacks and thereby getting a more varied experience of the inland ice. No attempts will be made to climb these mountains, as they are regarded as technically difficult and weather changes occur quickly on the inland-ice.
The final leg passes through a rough glacier area, past Tasiiliaq Fjellhytte and down to the Sermilik Fjord. We will be picked up by boat here, and brought to Tasiilaq.