Greenland Ski World Record – Breaking News

After the untouchable Greenland horizontal crossing speed ski record took 13 years to improve, 3 Norwegians already improved on the one-year-old Greenland World Speed Ski Record.

One month to 13 days, to 8 days to… News just arrived from Lars Ebbesen in Norway about another Norwegian team this season on the classic 560 km horizontal Ice Cap route:

We just have a new Greenland crossing record.

The new time is: 6 days 22 hours 20 minutes

Team: Ivar Tollefsen, Trond Hilde, Robert Caspersen

Start time: 01:25 Tuesday 14.06.2016 local time

Finish time: 23:45 Monday 20.06.2016 local time (last man off the moraine and onto land

They could have gone faster but encountered a wild and flooded icefall forcing them into a 20km detour.

NEXT 1: Interview with Ivar, Trond and Robert

Next 2: Day 5, skiing 150 km in 34 hours… Western Icefall tracking, daily notes and facts explaining this enormous effort and impressive mental approach

Last year, Norwegian “expedition-mother” Lars Ebbesen pointed out to Explorersweb, the speed record set on the 560km Greenland Ice Cap in May 2015 was 13 years in the making. The crossing, originally taking over a month in 1991, was cut by half 4 years later to 13 days. The time was further improved until 2002 when all improvements stopped at (East-West) 8d 9h 30m. The Greenland dream-mile seemed untouchable – until last year.

On May 13th, the 27-year-old ‘boys of Snåsa’, Ronny Andre Kjenstad, Vegard Jørstad and Ole Christian Kjenstad blazed across the Greenland Ice Cap, covering around 350 miles (560 km) in 7 days, 10 hours and 20 minutes.

Not waiting another 13 years, Ebbesen promised Pythom/Explorersweb some exciting news, one season later, fellow countrymen improved the untouchable Greenland dream-mile.

Previous records on this horizontal route, 560 km:

May 2002 West-East: 9 days, 4hrs 30mins (Norwegians)

Late August, early September 2002 East-West: 8 days, 9h 30min (Norwegians: Trond Hilde, Ivar Tollefsen and Odd Harald Hauge)


Norwegians set new Greenland speed ski record (2015)

Greenland “Dream-Mile” broken: Lars Ebbesen talks

Exweb interview with Norwegian World Record skiers on Greenland: Strategy, experience and weight-cutting

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