Greenland Trio: Hucking Waterfalls in Meltwater River

Sarah McNair-Landry, Erik Boomer and Ben Stookesberry: 1600 feet of gradient in 6 miles to go

On September 14, Erik Boomer reported they are on the water, “hucking waterfalls.”

An accomplished kayaker, he reported yesterday, it’s been years since he has first descended a waterfall, “today I figured why not fatback on that train! This drop was an intimidating 50ft to 20ft to 10fter, undercut ice caves galore and huge boils that guarded the exit of the first stout. [Ben] is in the picture just behind the falls, in case I ended up on the wrong side of the boil and luckily I had a good line and didn’t need the help. So stoked right now, and also curious what else lies between us and the ocean, 1600 feet of gradient in 6 miles to go!”

Latest position:

71.2787N 051.3376W Sep 16, 10:55am

Sarah McNair-Landry, Erik Boomer and Ben Stookesberry camp between 3 gorges with 5 days left until their pickup. Below them is a gorge 1000 ft deep, which runs into a massive glacier that meets the sea.

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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.

Greenland Spring 2016

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Taking back their World Record: Explorersweb/Pythom Interview with Greenland speed ski team

“Age is just a number,” Explorersweb/Pythom interview with Ingrid Ortlieb

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4000km Baffin Island Circumnavigation interview with Sarah McNair-Landry and Erik Boomer

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Ski and kayak, ExWeb interview: 20-something team combines culture and adventure

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ExWeb Interview with Sarah McNair-Landry, “The North Pole is a race against the clock”

ExWeb interview with Sarah McNair-Landry, it was odd to have to worry about finding water

1000km of traditional routes and kayaks: ExWeb interview with team Pittarak

Other sources:

Geophysical Research Letters: The abandoned ice sheet base at Camp Century, Greenland, in a warming climate

NASA about Greenland melt