Greenland Trio finds put-in of meltwater river

Sarah McNair-Landry, Erik Boomer and Ben Stookesberry passed through an Ice Canyon to get to a place to put in their kayaks

Late yesterday afternoon Erik Boomer reported from 71.3082N, 051.1708W, after some searching, they are at the put-in for the Twin Galaxies.

Boomer, Sarah McNair-Landry and Ben Stookesberry opened a new route across the Greenland Ice Cap in search for a meltwater river visible on satellite images, which looks big enough to kayak down to the coast.

Their descent from the Ice took them literally inside the glacier, descending into Twin Galaxies Fjord through a frigid Ice Canyon, reported Ben on September 11. “And into the Tarn Lake at the foot of the glacier. Now we are back on land and in search of a river to take us to the Arctic Ocean.”

Early today Ben added, “[we] committed to this trip not only because we thought we had found something unique in what we have nicknamed “Twin Galaxies Fjord,” but also to go coast to coast non-motorized by our own means: by foot, by wind, by water. Now just short of the proverbial finish line at the Arctic Ocean, we are tempted to tap into a way out of our commitment and to air lift our small mountain of gear over the remaining rugged terrain and to focus on the river. But somehow that’s not the right thing to do. And so tomorrow we will wake at 2am again and try our best to fulfill our commitment to this expedition and to this place. I still believe.”

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On August 7, Sarah McNair-Landry, Erik Boomer and Ben Stookesberry started their hiking and kite-ski journey from Isortoq (East coast) 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 a meltwater river they had located on satellite images.

Follow the team at this unnamed river here:

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, ventured into the Gobi Desert, and kite skied 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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Geophysical Research Letters: The abandoned ice sheet base at Camp Century, Greenland, in a warming climate

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