Greenland Crossing May 2009

Four teachers have been selected to be part of the Fuchs Foundation teachers’ expedition to the Arctic Circle in May 2009. The Fuchs Foundation is a charitable trust set up in the memory of the pioneering explorer Vivian Fuchs. The trust facilitates expeditions to Polar Regions to encourage teachers to engage in scientific field work with the intention of inspiring young people. The 5 week expedition in May 2009 is to be based around the high arctic snow fields of Greenland. We will complete a crossing of the Greenland icecap on skis and will be supported by a team of dogs. The expedition will leave on the 29th of April and return on June 12th 2009. The main body of the journey is from Ammassalik (65.36N 37.38W) on the east coast of Greenland and finishing at Kangerlussuaq (67.01N 50.72W) on the west coast.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

The great white space

12-5-09. Day 5 on the icecap. I have had an interesting 3 days…a day dog driving, Greenland Sledge Dogs are amazing they pull all day heavy loads with little encouragement needed. One got tangled in the leash and my attempts to rescue it led to a bitten hand, luckily I had gloves on. The next day, fresh from the day off of skis we made good progress in sunny weather covering 21.2 K. We are all tired and have sore feet from the constant pounding. Today another 23K in mostly white-out conditions, where it is hard to navigate and keep mind and body moving. But we are pleased with our progress and rest so we can battle another day. What keeps us going? Chocolate, haribo, pepparami and thought that every step takes us closer to our objective. More importantly back to our loved ones…I can see them all now; I send you a virtual hug. I am looking forward to my talk with Lordship Lane School tomorrow.  All is well on the icecap. Daily up dates can be found on the Fuchs website.


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