tirsdag den 6. juli 2010
We left Uummannaq at 11.30 in three small boats, heading East, towards Eqaluit, a place named for its abundance of salmon/trout - 'eqaluk'. Ahead was around 60 kilometers of open water and thousands of icebergs. The trip took a good hour.
It was a magnificant beginning of our journey.
We arrived at Eqaluit an hour later, and began the hike with a steep ascent, of around 200 meters.
After 3,5 kilometers we are in 350 meters. Soon we will have the last view of the fiord and its large ice cubes. The hike so far has been hard, especially for the children. It is a very rough beginning, with a full load on our backs. René and I (Lars) are each carrying around 45 kilos of food and equipment, the children somewhere between 25 and 30 kilos.
We need a break:
A drink of fresh meltwater...
A bite to eat...
At this early point in our hike, we had a bit of bad luck, so to speak. Hans' old injury in his left foot made it impossible for him to continue. We were still relatively close to the coast, so we telephoned (a satellite telephone is essential on this route) Boernehjemmet and they sent back Palu (a hunter) to pick up Hans down at the coast. However, as we had divided most of his equibment to the rest of us, the hike back down wasn't a problem.
Now it was time to continue along the road less travelled.
At around 6.30 pm we arrived back at our old campsite from two years ago. The rocks we used were still there, two rings - it was easy to pitch tent.
We had only walked 7 kilometers, however due the extreme terrain, steep ascent and heavy bags it was a good days walk.
From the lake we turn right, over a small pass, then a bit downwards, and before long we see and follow a reindeer trail. Makes the hike easy.
From time to time the terrain changes, and large areas of rocks appears. Easier to just cross them, than to walk around them.
After 9,7 kilometers of relatively easy hiking we pitch tent in 446 meters, just below the Majoriorssutsiup Qaqa massive, an impressive mountain of some 1100 meters.
The stream was too powerfull for the children to cross without aid, so we used a a bit of rope.
From the river we turned west, and up again. However, during the hour it took the six of us to cross the river, boots of and on again, the fog had come back. Big swells rolled up from Boyes' Lake. We could just make our way up. On our way up we passed several splendid campsites - in fine weather that is. Perfect flat, no rocks and little streams of fresh water close by. We continued up through the fog, up until 515 meters, then we decided to pitch tent - navigation in the mountains became more and more impossible. But, we knew where we'd head tomorrow morning, fog permitting.
Before we crept into our sleeping bags, we had a feast of dinner in of the tents, while the fog descended ever more close.
fredag den 25. juni 2010
Friday was spent preparing the last details. Breakfast was bought, muesli in different varieties. Every evening meal will consist of 4 - 5 bags of freeze dried food + aditional rice and pasta. Should be enough for the seven of us.
Our new cooking equipment was also tested. This is the first time we use propane; previously we've used alcohol. However, we've chosen to the propane solution to reduce weight.
Lastly, we packed everything. Each person is now solely responsible for carrying personal items such as sleeping bags, toothbrush etc. Furthermore, items that we all depend upon has been divided among us all. Two tents, two cooking apparatus, one rifle, one set of camera equipment, map, gps, first aid kit, 7 canisters of propane, 1,6 meter wooden pole to cross rivers, one flag, sun protection.
We are set to go. We leave for Eqaluit, some 55 kilometers east of Uummannaq tomorrow morning, 26th June, around 10 am. Ahead of us lies some 250 kilometers of Arctic wilderness. Can't wait.
We should reach Niaqornat in about 13-14 days.
All for now
søndag den 20. juni 2010
Hans Gundel has also been out of town, but is back Monday - National day in Greenland.
We will use the following days to make individual foodpackages, one per person per day. Every element of our gear will be chekked and re-chekked.
Looking south towards the face-wall of the Peninsula fills one with a sense of being a very small person. However, it's an impressive sight around 12 midnight.
søndag den 6. juni 2010
The map below presents both the initial hike, as well as our route on the Nuussuaq Peninsula.
onsdag den 26. maj 2010
GREENLAND BECOMES SEVENTH CHAPTEROF THE INTERNATIONAL
Wilfred E. Richard
International Appalachian Trail –
Paul Wylezol, President
Council of International Appalachian Trails
In 1994, the idea of the International Appalachian Trail was put forth by Richard B. Anderson, formerly Maine Commissioner of Conservation, Maine Audubon Director, fisheries biologist, and first President of the Council of International Appalachian Trails. The original Appalachian Trail was established in the 1930s That trail exists in the mountains and in the hills of the eastern United States – from the State of Georgia in the south to the State of Maine in the north.
But, the Appalachian Mountains do not stop in
Since 1994, both length of trail corridor and number of chapters of the International Appalachian Trail continued to increase. By 2009, trail corridor and chapter members included the State of
For about 10 years IAT – Maine Board Member Will Richard and wife Lindsay have continued to be frequent visitors to Western Greenland with many of those visits to the town of
In late August of 2009, Ann Andreasen, Ole Jørgen Hammeken, René Kristensen, and a dozen students from the Children’s Home visited
In April, the Council of International Appalachian Trails at its Annual Meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, announced the IAT seventh chapter, Greenland
Greenland has elected its chapter board with René Kristensen as Director and Founder, Ann Andreasen as Financial Manager and Co-Founder, Lars Poort as Photographer and Co-Founder, Hans Gundel as Member and Trail Hiker, and Jonas Nielsen as Member. IAT –
. --This summer, IAT- Greenland will have a two- or three-week hike on the Nussuaq Peninsula
The main purpose of the 2010 hike is trail development on the
The participants in the 2010 hike will be five young boys from the Children´s Home in Uummannaq together with two educators. Three of the hikers are IAT Board members, Hans, Lars, René, who also completed the hike in 2008 as well.
Future Growth of the IAT
At the time of this writing,
26 May 2010