Our intrepid explorers are returning to the scene of their first Greenland expedition. Like a first love that one cannot forget, they are determined to complete the ice cap crossing.
In preparation for this expedition Rod and Jo embarked upon an excruciating course of core strength building coupled with endurance training. Fortunately, they are armed with the equipment and clothing required to withstand the frigid temperatures experienced in that unforgiving environment. For the uninitiated one’s freezer operates at about -16C whereas Greenland temperatures around this time of the year can reach temperatures of between -30C to -40C!! Tomorrow should be a sunny day with no clouds and the temperature is estimated to be -22C!
It is fair to say that they feel more comfortable this time and they are armed with far more experience. Rod is well versed in building igloos and they are veterans of hauling their kit on skis! Rod has received some field surgery tips from that doyen of surgery, Craig Campbell, a fellow Scot with a passion for adventure.
Duly equipped, they are presently in transit in the UK with their trusty Logistics Manager, Tracy Chisholm. Tracy has been instrumental in assisting them with the purchase of expedition food and gear in the UK (not too much of the kit can be purchased in South Africa).
They departed from Durban on 16 March and flew via Air France (with the masses as Rod puts it) to Paris and then onwards to London. They arrived somewhat exhausted, so it is somewhat fortunate that they were able to recharge for a few days under the watchful eye of Mrs Chisholm. She sends them on their way shortly via Gatwick Airport to Reykjevik (Keflavik Airport).
From there they depart on Monday from Keflavik in a short hop to Akureyri via Iceland Air on a Dash8-Q400. They then board what should be a Beechcraft King Air 200 from Akureyri to Constable Point in Greenland.
Hello Old Friend!
So this blog will record their travels across the Greenland Ice Cap. Regular updates will be posted along with pictures when available. They will commence by travelling up Hurry Fjord from Constable Point.
More to follow soon ….