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.

Friday, 8 May 2009

On to the ice cap

After our six day wait, finally the weather clears and we get on to the ice cap. The best helicopter flight ever, took us through the mountains of Tasilllaq to a sun drenched wilderness. This is a truly amazing place, a vast desert of ice and snow that only the privileged experience…I count myself very lucky. We were met by Carl (Team Leader), and local Mushers Ullric and Salou, all tough cookies. We met the dogs, packed the sledges and the journey started, across the magnificent plateau. 5 hours of skiing and we arrived at our first camp, tired but happy. Looking forward to the next 22 days of graft, it is all worthwhile. Thoughts are with my family and friends, particularly my Nordic walking instructor.


1 comment:

  1. Good Luck Danny and the team, following you all the way I hope someone carries your trangia a la me in the Cairngorms!