Johanna Nousiainen aims to become the first Finnish woman to cross the Greenland Ice Cap. The team has passed DYE II (click to enlarge)
courtesy www.ultimathulegreenland2010.com, SOURCE
Two of the x-greenland team, Nils Arne Ro and Paal Brudevoll, have participated in the VAKE 2010 kite endure and finished first place among 16 participating teams from 7 countries (click to enlarge)
Image by Ragnar Sandmark, SOURCE
Image taken on 2006 Greenland crossing when Martin Hülle, Johannes Lang and Georg Sichelschmidt crossed the Icecap from Ikateq near Tasiilaq to Ilulissat. (click to enlarge)
Image by Martin Hülle, SOURCE
Image taken on 2006 Greenland crossing. Martin Hülle and Johannes Lang will cross Greenland in August from Kangerlussuaq to Isortoq (click to enlarge)
Image by Martin Hülle, SOURCE
The x-greenland team, Nils Arne Ro, Paal Brudevoll, Hans Friis and Ragnar Sandmark, busy with last preparations (click to enlarge)
Image by Ragnar Sandmark, SOURCE
A Polar bear in Longyearbyen, April 26, 2010
Image by Lars Fause, SOURCE
Greenland update: Polar bears and crevasses

Posted: Apr 28, 2010 11:09 am EDT
Teams who planned to start in April are on the ice after the delay by the Island volcanic ashes. Two Brits who attempt a speed crossing said they were slowed down by the presence of polar bears. A police helicopter came out to check the area and gave them an all clear. Some teams reported crevasses at the start points.

Narsaq Cape Morris Jesup Qaanaaq (kite):
Vesa Luomala and Toni Vaartimo

The Finns has started their 100-day expedition on April 22 when they were dropped by boat at the edge of the glacier near Narsaq.

When the boat left they realized that they were dropped at the wrong spot, about 500m away from the planned spot. They said there was nothing special about this matter, other than it was really rocky and rough between this place and the originally planned spot. They had to carry all their equipment around the rocks to the first camp on the beach next to the edge of the glacier, which took them 8 hours. The last hours they found out their sleds could float and swam along the beach with the equipment.

To carry nearly 400 kg equipment up the steep glacier is a slow and tough job, Vesa and Toni wrote on their website. The worst distress however is on the mental side.

It took them two days to get on the glacier and the next two days they crossed the worst crevasses before the landscape began to flatten.

Vesa and Toni said their emergency equipment consists of four torches, one distress rocket, one pen flare pistol with 20 cartridges, and Baikal Russia shotgun with 25 rented by Helgi (a professional organizer in Narsaq who helped the team with all their logistics and equipment in Greenland).

They gave some mental advice to cope with this long expedition that they read in a book, Encourage yourself and the others; you'll do your best and you'll survive. Find out your gear, make a plan and set the targets. Don't back down on your targets but be adaptive. Be prepared to change the plans if there is a material change in the circumstances. Keep up the humor and don't get consumed by fear. Never give up."

Isortoq Ilulissat; Narsaq Qaanaaq (kite):
Jon Chalmers and Carl Alvey

The two Brits are still making their way to Greenland with delayed flights due to the Iceland volcano ashes.

Tasiilaq Qaanaaq (kite):
Fran Middleton and Barrie Robley

The team has abandoned the attempted crossing and was evacuated from the Greenland Ice Cap. They reported in a potcast that while using the kites to make good progress on April 24, Fran took a bad crash and damaged his knee. The knee was damaged so badly that they had to call for an evacuation. They started their expedition on April 23.

Start between Kangerlussuaq and DYE II to near Qaanaaq (kite):
Nils Arne Ro, Paal Brudevoll, Hans Friis and Ragnar Sandmark (x-greenland team)

Yesterday Ragna shot over some news to ExplorersWeb saying most of their equipment are now packed and ready to be shipped to Greenland. The last months they have been training and testing their equipment in the Norwegian mountains. Two of the team members, Nils Arne Ro, Paal Brudevoll, have participated in the VAKE 2010 kite endure and finished first place among 16 participating teams from 7 countries. This race took place in April in Norway.

Hahn Glacier to Ilulissat (kite)
Mike Dann, Tim Tottenham, Simon Edmundson and Paddy Scott

No new news.

Kangerlussuaq (Sønderstrøm Fjord or Point 660) to Isortoq or Nagtivit Glacier:

Cecilie Skog, Bjorn Sekkesæter and womens team

The girls are on the ice for four days already. They reported that they navigated north on day 2 to avoid crevasses. It was windy during the days, but with sunshine and the temperature was pleasant. They camped at 930 meter above sea level.

Ivar Hoel and Thor Elvebakk and Hvitserk team

The teammates are Trygve, Solveig, Shoresh, Vibeke, Caroline, Teija, Ingrid and Thomas. They start in May.

Terje With Lunndal and Christian Iversen Styve

The two Norwegians are still at home busy with preparations.

The team's logistic and expedition advice was supplied by Christian Eide from Latitude Expeditions.

Jari Nousiainen, Johanna Nousiainen, Lauri Lahtinen and Marko Savola

The Finns reported they have reached the old radar station, DYE II on April 23 in 30°C. Johanna got a fever and didnt feel well.

Catherine Fortier and Frédéric Rouillard

The two Canadians waited seven days in Copenhagen for a flight to Greenland. They got on the ice on April 22. Their home team reported that their transportation from Kangerlussuaq to the glacier was by vehicle and not by bicycle as planned, the road conditions were not suitable for bicycles.

According to their April 26 report they were camping at 1000m. They said the last 4 days had been very exhausting because they had to wear their ice shoes the entire time. They will put on their skis for the first time tomorrow morning.

Temperature: -11° to 15°C (12° to 5°F)

Martin Hülle and Johannes Lang

Johannes Lang sent over some information from Germany to ExplorersWeb. He and Martin Hülle plan to cross the Icecap from Kangerlussuaq to Isortoq between the August 2 and September 1. Uwe Anders (Germany) and Kim Hansen (a former member of Sirius from Denmark) will join the Expedition on the Icecap between August 6 and August 20 for maximum of 5 days to make a film for German TV (NDR).

Martin Hülle already did two successful Icecap crossings, said Johannes. One together with him and Georg Sichelschmidt in 2006, when they crossed the Icecap from Ikateq near Tasiilaq to Ilulissat from coast to coast on a partly new route in 34 days (23 days for the icecap itself). The team used parawings. Expedition website: www.groenland2006.de (only in German).
In 2008 he did a successful crossing together with Jerome Blösser from Isortoq to Kangerlussuaq (coast to coast) without the aid of sails in 30 days. Expedition website: www.eiswueste.org (only in German).

Isortoq or Nagtivit Glacier to Kangerlussuaq (Sønderstrøm Fjord or Point 660):

Ben Thackwray and Ian Couch

The two Brits set off on April 23 and skied half a day as they started at 1 pm. They roped together on the crevassed areas of the glacier leading to the Inland Ice. Their home team reported, As they progressed onto the glacier they found it to be so broken up that they opted for a detour around the crevasse field before climbing onto the top of the glacier. Visibility dropped to 100m at one stage.

The team reported about the polar bear encounter as follows, We saw 2 Polar Bears early on in the day and we were slow yesterday as we had 2 Polar Bears stalking us.

At 3pm we saw 2 more Polar Bears, after contacting the police they came out in a Helicopter - checked the area and gave us the all clear.

As they are attempting a speed record, they said the polar bears slowed them down.

Links
Greenland:
Toni Vaartimo and Vesa Luomala - Finland
Eric McNair-Landry and Sebastian Copeland - Canada and USA/France
Eric McNair-Landry and Sebastian Copeland - Canada and USA/France
Jon Chalmers and Carl Alvey - UK
Mike Dann, Tim Tottenham, Simon Edmundson and Paddy Scott - UK, PolarIce blog
Mike Dann, Tim Tottenham, Simon Edmundson and Paddy Scott - UK, PolarIce website
Fran Middleton and Barrie Robley - UK (Aborted)
Nils Arne Ro, Paal Brudevoll, Hans Friis and Ragnar Sandmark - Norway
Christian Eides team Latitude - Norway
Cecilie Skog, Bjorn Sekkesæter and Norwegian women - Norway
Ivar Hoel and Thor Elvebakk and Hvitserk team (Trygve, Solveig, Shoresh, Vibeke, Caroline, Teija, Ingrid and Thomas) - Norway
Terje With Lunndal and Christian Iversen Styve - Norway
Ben Thackwray and Ian Couch - UK
Jari Nousiainen, Johanna Nousiainen, Lauri Lahtinen and Marko Savola - Finland
Catherine Fortier and Frédéric Rouillard
Martin Hülle and Johannes Lang Germany
Erik Jørgensen kayak - Danish

Webcam and weather conditions at Summit Camp on the Greenland Ice Cap
World Wide Weather for Expeditions

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