Greenland Trio at Source of Meltwater River

Sarah McNair-Landry, Erik Boomer and Ben Stookesberry arrived at a “rare opportunity to travel through a chasm that would be unthinkable with temperatures above freezing”

Sarah McNair-Landry, Erik Boomer and Ben Stookesberry started their hiking and kite-ski journey on August 7 from Isortoq to the source of a meltwater river in the northwest of Greenland, a place Boomer calls, Twin Galaxies. Hauling a kayak and a red Paris sled each, the aim is to kayak down the meltwater river they had located on satellite images.

After crossing the Greenland Ice Cap on this diagonal route, at the beginning of September they started descending the Ice Cap at N70º 30′, only to be trapped in crevasse fields. Ben described it as “a maze of crevasses that is on one hand unavoidable and on another seemingly impenetrable.”

Firing them on, was the hope that the “spectacular river” would not be frozen.

On September 4, the team camped amongst meltwater lakes that feed the river. These lakes were frozen, but not solid. “Will the river be frozen too?” they wondered. Position: 71.3183N 050.7094W

On Day 30, September 7, after traveling 600 miles, Sarah, Boomer and Ben entered the top Canyon at Twin Galaxies Fjord. “Here in early September the water is almost frozen solid,” reported Ben, “and offers the rare opportunity to travel through a chasm that would be unthinkable with temperatures above freezing.”

Today the team reported from 71.3639N 051.0817W, “Tomorrow we hope to step out of our boats onto bare ground for the first time in a month. To do that we’ll pass through an ice canyon.”

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At age 18, Sarah McNair-Landry became the youngest to ski to the South Pole and five years later, the youngest to ski to both Poles. She has guided teams to the South Pole and North Pole (full routes). Sarah has traversed the Greenland Ice Cap five times, venture into the Gobi Desert, and kite ski 3,300 km retracing the Northwest Passage. When she is not in the cold, she spends her time working in film. She has directed several documentaries and is a published photographer.

Erik Boomer is a pro kayaker, pro photographer, and a featured athlete in numerous adventure films. Boomer is not only an adventure photographer but also works as a commercial and editorial photographer. His confident approach to challenges on and off the river has earned him the title “the honey badger of kayaking”. With many first descents of rivers and waterfalls to his name, Boomer specializes in kayaking some of the world’s toughest rivers. In 2011, Boomer and John Turk became the first to circumnavigate Ellesmere Island on a 100-day ski and sea kayak expedition.

Ben Stookesberry is an accomplished kayaker, living in the USA.

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